Beavers help stop a fuel spill in Utah

A diesel pipeline burst this week in Utah, and beavers are being credited for helping to control the spill. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says a beaver dam prevented the fuel from reaching Willard Bay. Two beavers, soaked in diesel fuel, were found by cleaning crews and were sent to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.

Our Association contacted the wildlife center and spoke to DaLlyn Erickson, executive director, asking for an update on the beavers.

She said, “The beavers are doing much better. They’ve have had a total of 5 baths each to help remove all of the fuel from their body. They are only yearlings, and would still be dependant on their parents for survival.”

Sadly, the beaver’s parents have not been found, and as time goes on, the chance of finding them is slim to none. And while crews work diligently to clean up the spill, the habitat has now been ruined. The pair of rescued beavers will not be able to return home.

“We’re now consulting with other animal care professionals, putting together the best plan and sourcing a new location for their release”, adds Erickson.

Officials still don’t know how much fuel spilled, but 195 barrels, or more than 8,000 gallons, have been recovered near Willard Bay.

The spill is the third incident involving a Chevron pipeline in northern Utah. In 2010, a pipeline broke near Red Butte Creek and Liberty Park, and Chevron paid the state $3.5 million in a settlement.

To help support these beavers, you can make a donation directly to Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.

Photo/credit: Beaver at Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.


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