Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Environmental damage caused by beavers

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Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Environmental damage caused by beavers
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The canadian beaver was introduced in Argentina in 1946 as a potential source of commercial fur trading. When the fur trade industry was unsuccessful, however, the beavers became problematic. Protected from hunting for 35 years, and devoid of natural predators, the beavers grew over 5,000 times their initial population and caused irreversible changes in the forest ecosystem: As well as felling trees, beavers create dams that flood certain areas and thus drown other trees and vegetation. Flooding from beaver dams also damages roads and cattle-grazing pastures
Location: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, South America