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River Otter incident between dog and beaver prompts DWT safety message

PUBLISHED: 17:20 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 04 July 2017

One of the River Otter beavers. Picture: Devon Wildlife Trust

One of the River Otter beavers. Picture: Devon Wildlife Trust

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Dog owners are being asked to keep their pets under ‘close control’ after reports of an altercation between a beaver and a dog.

Devon Wildlife Trust had reports from a member of the public that there incident took place near a public footpath on the River Otter, Otterton.

It is understood that the dog received injuries but these are not thought to be life threatening.

Steve Hussey, from Devon Wildlife Trust, said the beavers have been living in that stretch of the river for three years and that dogs should be kept under ‘close control’.

He said: “Clinton Devon Estates placed signs on this stretch of the river in 2016 which stated that the beavers are there; that they have young; and requesting that dogs be kept under close control. Signs were present when the incident took place.

“Evidence from Europe suggests that beaver injuries to dogs are very rare.

“As with all animals with young (including cattle with calves), they (the beavers) need to be respected, given room and disturbance kept to a minimum.”

It is believed that a family of beavers has lived on this stretch of the rover for ‘at least’ three years and could have young kits at this time.

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