Back in the 1940s, Idaho’s Fish and Game Department had a problem: too many beavers in all the wrong places. So they devised a plan to parachute those unwelcome beavers into new habitats. And now somebody has found footage of those parachuting beavers, and it’s wonderful.
Boise State Public Radio has the scoop (h/t AP). Back in January, they shared the amazing true story of the department’s unorthodox scheme to relocate beavers from developed areas to the more rural backcountry—using leftover parachutes from World War II, no less. They moved 76 beavers, losing just one in the process.
And now, the station is back with color video of the program, circa 1950. Idaho Fish and Game Department Historian Sharon Clark went looking for the rumored footage and finally found it, mislaid and mislabeled. They converted it and it’s now available on YouTube for your enjoyment. To get to the actual parachuting, skip to the seven-minute mark, past the man soberly announcing that, “Fur is important. Fur is a resource of our country and our time.”
“Bye” — this beaver.
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