Plans to reintroduce beavers after 400 years halted

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Ministers have been asked to halt plans to reintroduce beaver 400 years after it was persecuted to extinction.

River proprietors claim it would be "recklessly irresponsible" to release the mammals in the wild without studying the likely impact on fish stocks.

They are concerned that the return of the European beaver, which is due to be released as part of a trial reintroduction next spring, could damage salmon and sea trout numbers.

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