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We have gathered decades of scientific research from Great Britain, continental Europe and North America to share with people interested in diving deeper into the world of beavers.

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Tularaemia in Europe: An Epidemiological Overview

Published by: Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases

10th March 2004

Tularaemia is a disease found across Europe; outbreaks occur around once a decade in Finland and Sweden. Here, researchers reviewed the literature on this disease and the bacteria that causes it. They highlighted how the place the bacteria lives between outbreaks is as yet unknown, but may be linked to natural water sources. Beavers have been shown to have high levels of antibodies for the bacteria. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Field anaesthetic and surgical techniques for implantation of intraperitoneal radio transmitters in Eurasian beavers Castor fiber

Published by: Wildlife Biology

1st March 2004

Researchers implanted radio transmitters in 22 adult Eurasian beavers. They tested two different anesthesia combinations. One group experienced muscle issues and sensitivity to sound while under anaesthetic. The other group, with an added drug, had better muscle relaxation and didn't react to sound. One beaver died after surgery, but all others continued to live in their original territory unaffected by the surgery.

Systemic Toxoplasmosis in a Five-Month-Old Beaver, (Castor canadensis)

Published by: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

1st March 2004

This article reports on the death of a 5-month-old orphan beaver whilst in a rehabilitation centre. The beaver died of a disease called systemic toxoplasmosis which hadn't been reported in beavers before. The authors present technical information on how this disease affected the beaver and suggest that this disease should be considered as a risk when rehabilitating young beavers. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Use of space and movement patterns in monogamous adult Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber)

Published by: Journal of Zoology

1st March 2004

This study involved radio-tracking ten pairs of Eurasian beavers to understand how their territories and patterns of movement varied between pairs and their neighbours. Beavers in pairs showed similar territory sizes and movement patterns regardless of sex. The territory for each member of the pair overlapped a lot, and overlapped very little with their neighbours. Both sexes spent equal time at the borders of their territory, although males tended to move more at night.

Beavers indirectly enhance the growth of Russian olive and tamarisk along eastern Montana rivers

Published by: Western North American Naturalist

20th February 2004

Researchers found that beavers preferentially cut down cottonwood trees over invasive species like Russian olive and tamarisk. They focus their foraging near river channels, creating sunny areas that promote the growth of the invasive species, leading to faster growth. The researchers warn that those wishing to reintroduce beavers along these rivers in Montana, USA, should consider the potential effect on invasive plant species.

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