An adult female beaver that had become ensnared in discarded plastic has been rescued from San Jose’s Guadalupe River, an animal rescue group announced Wednesday.
Greg Kerekes of Urban Wildlife Research Project, said he noticed that one of the three beavers he'd been monitoring on the Guadalupe River - an adult female, had something wrapped around her midsection.
Wildlife Emergency Services was notified of the injured animal and received authorized from California Department of Fish and Wildlife to lead search and rescue efforts.
WES said it appeared the animal had plastic material on its midsection, believed to a packaging strap, which was hindering the beaver’s mobility.
For nearly a week, the group sent a team to the river bank and Los Gatos Creek to search for the beaver but it could not be located.
A remote camera set up on the river bank finally captured an image of the beaver on Monday afternoon.
Using a sophisticated netting enclosure, the group was finally able to capture the beaver on Tuesday night. The beaver was freed from the packaging strap -- like those used to bundle newspapers – and taken to the Wildlife Center of Silicon for examination.
She was determined to be in good health and released back into the wild.
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