Beaver Problems in Tierra del Fuego

By Paige, Nicaragua, August 2011

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The chill, windswept tip of South America must have seemed, to a Canadian, the perfect place for a profitable beaver colony. It took some convincing, but in 1946, Argentine President Perón authorized the introduction of 25 breeding beaver couples from Manitoba, Canada, to the island of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. He even paid pilot Tom Lamb US$650 per animal, much coveted for their fur.

Such a deal. Today, an estimated 250,000 of their descendants have spread far beyond Lake Fagnano, in the middle of Tierra del Fuego, where they were originally introduced. They’ve even swum the Beagle Channel, establishing colonies on several islands and the Brunswick Peninsula, part of continental Chile.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Argentina Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Argentina. Photo courtesy of Gorkaazk via Wikimedia Commons.

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