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Beaver makes species' first appearance in Palo Alto Baylands in over 160 years

Original post made on Aug 25, 2023

A young beaver was spotted in the Palo Alto Baylands this week, marking perhaps the beginning of the return of the aquatic herbivores after more than 160 years. Researchers, who have long sought its comeback, are thrilled.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 25, 2023, 4:05 PM

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Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 25, 2023 at 6:19 pm

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This very cool. It's nice to see wild species being able to make headway in our urbanized environment. The various ecosystem/hydrology effects are pretty cool too.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2023 at 9:07 pm

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Beavers are fascinating. Hopefully they will not cause too many problems with their dams.

Posted by Silver Linings
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2023 at 11:52 pm

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And they are so darned cute. Glad to see their return.

Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 26, 2023 at 9:34 am

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A big shout out of thanks to Sue Dremann for her really comprehensive reporting on this!

Posted by Environmentalist
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 27, 2023 at 9:53 am

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Shameful that they were exterminated. We need to leave them be and stop developing in the area

Posted by anon1234
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 28, 2023 at 11:58 am

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Agree with Mondoman; thanks sue!!!
And welcome young beaver!

Posted by Hank Thompson
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 28, 2023 at 1:08 pm

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"Shameful that they were exterminated."

Beaver pelts were valued for hats primarily worn by well-to-do Easterners.

Why not import some additional beavers and let them replenish themselves?

Posted by Scottie Zimmerman
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 28, 2023 at 3:22 pm

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This is thrilling news. Beavers are amazing, self-sufficient creatures who create environments that benefit fish, insects, birds, plants, and all manner of wildlife. In colder climates, a beaver family welcomes (or at least ignores) visitors to their den who hang out for the warmth during winter.
And evidence shows that wildfires do NOT overwhelm a beaver-managed environment. Web Link

Posted by Hal
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 30, 2023 at 5:37 pm

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Not a lot of food or habitat for beavers around here. Where are the trees they prefer in our creek bottoms and marshes? Water plants? Very few willows. I doubt they will eat pickle weed .Maybe tear out the concrete in creeks and reconsider the flood control options? Plant trees beaver need and use reclaimed water? Just seems like we do not have enough habitat to support a beaver come back. I'm not a biologist or expert so maybe I'm just missing something about habitat?

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