Two words: parachuting beavers (Thinkstock)
Two words: parachuting beavers
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More than half a century ago a group of beavers parachuted into the Idaho backcountry. Now officials have found footage of the odd wildlife management moment.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game was struggling with an overpopulation of beavers. It was in some regions in the 1940s. Then wildlife managers settled on a novel idea. They caught beavers and other furry rodents. 

Then they packed them into special travel boxes. They attached them to parachutes. Then they dropped them from a plane into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Animal lovers can take heart. It seems all of the beavers made it through their flying adventures. They were not hurt.

The film was made around 1950. It was called "Fur for the Future." It showed the infamous beaver drops. It had long been lost according to Boise State Public Radio reported.

Fish and Game historian Sharon Clark recently found the breakable film. It had been mislabeled. It was stored in the wrong file. It has been digitized and released on YouTube by the department and the Idaho Historical Society.

Trapping and moving beavers still happens today. But it is done in a less dramatic way.

"We have not done airplane drops for 50-plus years. It apparently worked pretty well back then to re-establish them in remote places," said Steve Nadeau. He is the Fish and Game's statewide fur bearer manager.

The agency now moves beavers to the Owyhee desert. It is in the Idaho's southwest corner. This helps to restore vegetation taken away by years of watershed use. Nadeau says the goal is for beavers to make ponds in the area. The ponds can hold water year-round.

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Why did officials use parachutes instead of trucks to send beavers to new homes?
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COMMENTS (41)
  • Eric0221-YYCA
    10/29/2015 - 11:10 p.m.

    I think that this might have been a good idea but it was long forgotten because it was labeled wrong and researchers thought that it is long gone but they found the file that was accidentally labeled in the wrong file cabinet. I think that the person who filmed the parachuting of the beaver might have not think back to the file and filed it to the wrong file cabinet.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why did officials use parachutes instead of trucks to send beavers to new homes?
    Answer: The officials use parachutes instead of trucks to send the beavers to new homes because sending the beavers by truck is going to take a long time to get to their new home so the officials use parachutes to land the beavers in a special travel box and they drop them in their new home.

  • makanip-
    10/30/2015 - 03:27 p.m.

    beavers are one of the most coolest things on earth

  • elainak-sti
    11/04/2015 - 01:10 p.m.

    The officials use parachutes instead of trucks to send beavers to new homes because of the water.

  • bens1-sti
    11/04/2015 - 01:21 p.m.

    I think officials use parachutes instead of trucks to send beavers to new homes because it would be faster,safer,and easyer to transport.

  • camerond-sti
    11/05/2015 - 01:21 p.m.

    Officials use parachutes instead of trucks to send beavers to new home because it will not hurt the beavers.

  • phyllisl-sti
    11/05/2015 - 01:27 p.m.

    Officials use parachutes instead of trucks beacause it is much eizear flying than driving.

  • blainec-sti
    11/09/2015 - 01:18 p.m.

    The offcials used parachutes instead of trucks to send bveavers to new homes

  • donovanb-sti
    11/09/2015 - 01:24 p.m.

    Officials use parachutes instead of trucks because it is
    easy to move them from one place to another.

  • ty-wil
    11/09/2015 - 01:56 p.m.

    Because there is water so the truck cant go through a lake or ocean. So they had to go to high ground and put parachutes on them so they land safely.


    More then half a century ago, in Idaho. The Idaho Department of fish and game used parachutes to free beavers because, they were struggling with the overpopulation of beavers

  • stacy-wil
    11/09/2015 - 01:57 p.m.

    In the 1940's people in Idaho in the Idaho Department packed beavers into boxes and put parachutes on them then sent them out of a plane because the beavers were over populated.

    They sent them in a plane and not in a truck was because it would be faster and easier to use than having to make pit stops.

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