North American Beaver

The North American Beaver was nearly wiped out in much of North America due to pelt harvests from the 17th through 19th century. While the beaver has recolonized many of the wetter portions of Texas in recent years, their return to west Texas has been slowed by runoff and siltation from overgrazed lands, and by the loss of riparian forests due to logging for mine structures and kiln fuel, and the ensuing loss of alluvial aquifers and perennial flows. Some argue for returning the beaver to help re-engineer and restore wetlands and streamd.