Since being acknowledged as a native species last year, one fifth of Scotland’s beavers have been shot under licence. Each beaver killed is a wasted chance to move it to a new area where they are still extinct, to allow them to work their habitat-creating magic in more parts of Scotland. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are farmers who would rather trap than shoot and landowners who would be happy to take translocated animals on their land. Unfortunately the licencing system created by the Scottish Government does not allow this to happen.
If you want this to change, you can sign a petition on the Scottish Parliament website which calls for translocation and for more funding of farmers for beaver-friendly mitigation methods. The petition closes on the 27th of August 2020.