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Beaver release confusion
Despite reports that the Department for Environment, Food and Regional Affairs (DEFRA) may have suggested that the release of six European beavers by Jeremy Paxton on his Lower Mill Estate near South Cerney in Gloucestershire could be illegal, The Mirror reports that DEFRA have said that it did not intend to suggest that Paxton had committed an offence.
Indeed, The Mirror reports that Government officials have praised Jeremy Paxton for his bid to reintroduce beavers into Britain.
While the release of creatures that are not normally resident into the wild may be illegal, Paxton has released the animals into his private Lower Mill Estate, not into the wild.
Mr Paxton plans to enlarge the Beaver enclosure if they breed successfully
: 29/10/2005 16:40:25
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