It is thought the beaver went extinct in Romania around 1824, after they were hunted for the fur, meat and castoreum (a secretion from their scent gland used for its medicinal properties). In fact the European beaver disappeared from most of Europe at the same time. In 1998 they were reintroduced to the Olt Valley and from there they have successfully recolonised most of the Hartibaciu river and its tributaries, where you can now see signs of their activity.

Wherever beavers occur, it doesn’t stay a secret for long. Some people are fascinated how such a small animal can change a river in such a short time, for others their behaviour of bringing down trees, damming rivers or flooding areas only creates problems. However it is exactly this behaviour that makes them such an important animal to river ecosystems. The areas of dammed water create slow moving, deeper pools and then below it areas of faster flowing water. This variation in the watercourse and increased structure (such as dead wood) to the river provides shelter for young fish and other animals.

How do you feel about beavers recolonising the region?

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  • Evangelos Nannos

    I saw some beaver “constructions” back in 2013 in the Hartibaciu river (between Benesti and Altina), I was really happy to see what they did there and it is well known that the beavers only do good to a river.

    Unfortunately, the river is now full with plastic bottles and you cannot walk there anymore because of the dogs from the shepherds that run uncontrolled and can eat people (I had to go to Agnita hospital once because I was attacked by dogs) and the fences that exist now almost everywhere.

    So I do not think that there are any beavers left now. It would be impossible for them to survive in such an environment.

    It would be nice though to have them back…

    Best regards

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