JUDICIARY: Law for the Beaver

Until recent years the beaver was seen only in woodsy ponds, traps, men's hats, women's sport coats, alphabet books. Three years ago he appeared in the Government's Interior Department, which employed him to dam streams, in projects ranging from erosion control to better housing for trout. For this job he received no wage at all; he did it just because he loved the work.

Last week the increasingly social beaver appeared in court, defendant in a complaint brought by Connecticut's Highway Department that a dam was creating a flood danger. Connecticut's Attorney General Pallotti ruled that the dam might legally be...

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