Rescued Tempe Town Lake beaver prepares for return to the wild

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

TEMPE, Ariz. – A beaver rescued from Tempe Town Lake last month has been given a clean bill of health by vets. That means the 45-pound furry creature is almost ready to be returned to the wild.

The plan is to release the beaver next week into a lake around Wickenburg where other beavers have been relocated.

The North American beaver was removed from the Tempe Town Lake area in mid-January, after wildlife officials said it appeared to be a little lethargic and possibly sick.

"We took a look and he didn't look like he was doing too well," said Amy Burnett with Game and Fish. "He was lethargic and he was kind of slow."

They decided to capture him and have him checked out by veterinary staff at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale.

The creature was found to be suffering from giardia, a disease caused by a parasite found in contaminated waters.

"Usually these guys are pretty feisty when they come in," vet Dr. Nick Robl said. "They'll make a lot of noise and kind of lunge at you a little bit; certainly try to bite. This guy wasn't doing any of that stuff."

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center has kept a close eye on the beaver for the past few weeks to make sure the animal regained its health.

Now the beaver's release is set for Feb. 12.

Burnett said there are beavers in the Salt River and this is the fifth beaver that has been removed from the Tempe Town Lake area.

"Two beavers were actually living in the pump house at the dam," Burnett said.

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