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Science  29 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5526, pp. 2422-2423
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5526.2422

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- A major test of wills is shaping up over plans for the U.K.'s first large-mammal reintroduction: the European beaver (Castor fiber). Backers view bringing back the riparian engineer as a chance for Britain to get with the continental European mainstream and to put right a historical wrong. Critics, however, contend that in the 4 centuries since the beaver disappeared from the British Isles, its former habitat has become so degraded that it would be foolhardy to resurrect the species now.