1st Beaver spotted in NYC in 200 years
NEW YORK – Beavers grace New York City’s official seal. But the industrious rodents have not been seen in the flesh here for as many as 200 years — until this week.
It’s not a beaver sighting unless you see it in the flesh.
“It had to happen because beaver populations are expanding, and their habitats are shrinking,” said Dietland Muller-Schwarze, a beaver expert at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. “We’re probably going to see more of them in the future.”
I came this close to becoming a beaver expert in college, but one gal on the selection committee had it in for me. It was all political.
But amid heavy trapping, beavers disappeared from the city in the early 1800s, according to the city Parks & Recreation Department.
And it’s tough to get a cab when you are 2 feet tall.
Biologists have nicknamed the animal “Jose,” as a tribute to U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano’s work to revive the river. The Bronx Democrat lined up federal money for a cleanup.
Fact: Democrats *heart* beavers.