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Lago Escondido

Lago Escondido

A landscape bearing the hallmarks of damage by beavers.

Around 1950, 25 pairs of Canadian beavers were brought to the island with the idea of developing a fur industry. Because the winters are not cold enough (the average temperature in June and July is -3C) the beavers' fur was not of good quality, and the industry never developed.

But the beavers multiplied and there are now 50,000 of them. They have no natural predators on the island, but the beavers don't know that, and they have built houses and dams to protect themselves. In doing so, they have destroyed large tracts of forest, not only in the national park, but elsewhere on the island. The government is looking for ways to get rid of them but, as Canadians know, this isn't easy. The local government offers hunters about $1.50 for every beaver they kill, and every week somebody shows up with a truckload of bloody tails as proof of their work. But the bounty is so low that the hunting has little effect.

Canon EOS 5D ,Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG ASP
1/160s f/14.0 at 15.0mm iso200 full exif

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