Recovering beavers could be released next month

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:12 PM


OGDEN -- The owner of a Utah wildlife rehabilitation center says six beavers are making good progress after being recovered amid a fuel spill in March.

Dalyn Erickson-Marthaler said the animals still have health issues to work through before they can be reintroduced into the wild.

She says she hopes to send them back in the next month or two so they can make their homes and collect food before winter sets in.

A Chevron pipeline failed on March 18 and leaked about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

A beaver dam is credited with holding back much of the fuel from drifting into Utah's Willard Bay, but several beavers were burned by the petroleum.

They've been recuperating ever since at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.

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