Animals: Beaver Catch

Last March, when 94 beavers imported into beaverless Pennsylvania had become a timber-destroying, field-flooding horde of 15,000, the State opened its first beaver trapping season in 31 years (TIME, March 12). By last week game officials had finished counting up results. Total catch was 6,408. At an average of $10 per pelt, they brought trappers some $60,000. No trapper was allowed to catch more than six and most obeyed the law. Biggest beaver caught weighed 71 lb. Catches were made in 50 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. Record haul (1,092) was in Potter...

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