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A family of beavers that made their home along the River Otter in Devon are being allowed to stay - for the next five years at least.
As many as ten of the animals have set up home along the river. They haven't lived freely in our countryside for centuries but Natural England says they can remain while conservationists study their impact on the environment.
Natural England has confirmed the beavers currently residing in the River Otter will be released into the wild.
The licence granted to Devon Wildlife Trust means beavers could soon be roaming in a river near you!
The trial will take place over five years.
A decision is due on the fate of wild beavers living on the River Otter in Devon.
Conservationists think at least three now live near Ottery St Mary. Devon Wildlife Trust hopes to spend five years studying the impact of the beavers on the local environment. It has launched an appeal to fund the project.
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