Wetland beavers return to Toronto — but now they’re gone

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The Metrolinx Commission in Ontario is tackling what they say is an “unmanaged” beaver dam in part of Pearson Airport by digging a new drainage canal, forcing the wildlife to leave the area.

Are beavers to blame for this?

While Metrolinx is defending the decision as being in the “best interest of the beavers,” opponents say the canal won’t offer them a clean source of water in the future and worries about the possibility of environmental damage or pollution.

“Metrolinx doesn’t like to deal with what people tell them isn’t really going to solve the problem they’re trying to solve,” Jason Pattensen, a Metrolinx spokesman, told CNN.

“As soon as people start complaining or saying there’s environmental hazards … they overreact,” he said.

What happens next?

After the beavers were removed last week, Metrolinx noted in a news release that the square kilometer of ditch they are draining was part of the “beaver island of Malta” in the last century and is what people imagine it to be.

In 2015, a sliver of the island turned into a herd of beavers for the first time in 200 years, spreading across an ocean of wetlands in northern Canada, Canada’s National Post reported.

Last year, however, the government agency completed a project to beaver-proof the entire island, a project that is still ongoing.

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