Warning over Belarus beaver attacks

A beaver swims in a pond in the forest near the village of Lovtsevichi, Belarus. Photo / AP
A beaver swims in a pond in the forest near the village of Lovtsevichi, Belarus. Photo / AP

Beavers are becoming increasingly aggressive against people in Belarus as they stray into populated areas, emergency services have warned.

Fire crews have been sent to get rid of them by spraying high-pressure water from hoses and last month a man bled to death after being bitten.

The country's beaver population has tripled to 80,000 in the last decade and spring has led to a surge in reports of aggressive behaviour as young beavers seek out new territory.

In last month's attack, a beaver severed a major artery in the left leg of a 60-year-old fisherman at Lake Shestakov, west of the capital Minsk, after he tried to take a photograph of it.

Beavers, which can weigh up to 65lbs, were re-introduced into Scotland in 2009 and Wales in 2011 in an enclosed habitat. In England, they are limited to private owners and monitored conservation projects.

- Daily Mail

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