Conservationists condemn beaver killings

The killings of two beavers in different parts of the UK have been condemned by wildlife conservationists, less than two weeks after the animals became a protected species in Scotland.

Ecologist Derek Gow shared a picture on twitter this week of a pregnant beaver which had been shot in the head, describing it as “murderous, callous, cruel”.

Environmentalist Ben Goldsmith also shared the picture stating: “Another dead beaver, also pregnant, found not far from Crieff [Scotland].

“Post-mortem showed it to have been shot in the head with a shotgun, which didn’t kill it, later finished off with a rifle.”

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