The Beaver’s Journey

From Disappearance to Recovery

Drawing of a beaver cutting the tree

People often take things for granted in nature, believing that something has always existed, and that it will be around forever. But that’s not always the case. Many animal species around the world have become extinct due to hunting and ecosystem change.

Beavers are such a common Scandinavian animal that we barely think about them. Everyone knows what they look like, and it’s easy to picture their wet fur and thick tail. We know to find it in its habitat, a hut made of twigs and sticks. It's always been here, hasn't it?

In fact, by the end of the 19th century, beavers had disappeared from almost all of Scandinavia. Yet many people began to think that the beaver should be part of Scandinavian nature again, so they organised several projects to release beavers in places where they no longer existed.

This is the story about how a small town in Norway contributed to the return of the European beaver in Scandinavia and beyond.