Parachuting beavers: bizarre 50-year-old film footage discovered in Idaho

Idaho Fish and Game officials have released historical footage of some quirky wildlife management that went on over half a century ago.

Idaho beavers survived odd game management in the 1940s.

Idaho beavers survived odd game management in the 1940s. Image by finchlake2000 / CC BY 2.0

A video named ‘Fur of the Future’ details an era in the 1940s when the Idaho Fish and Game was struggling with an overpopulation of beavers. The agency decided to capture the rodents, pack them in boxes and then drop them via parachutes into areas where the beavers could prosper without harming the ecosystem. It appears all the animals made it through the relocation programme unharmed. Read more: nypost.com

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