It’s been a long road to recovery for the little heroes. The group of six beavers is credited with helping contain the massive diesel fuel leak, but it left them with severe burns and major health issues.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah has taken in the sick beavers. Dalyn Erickson-Marthaler owner of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah tells ABC 4 Utah they're progressing well, but they still have some health issues to work through before they can be reintroduced back into the wild.
The Division of Wildlife Resources has been working with the rehabilitation center and a veterinarian to closely monitor the beavers and evaluate when they're going to be ready for release.
DWR’s Phil Douglass explained, “We brought in a veterinarian that really did a great job in doing some research with other rehabilitation center throughout the country, and we’ve collected a lot of information about what the best was to handle this animals. Bringing that information together gave us a good idea of what needed to be done to get these animals, as soon as possible, but in the best condition possible."
It was decided the first step was to let them heal, then to reintroduce themselves to one another by enclosing them in a habitat together.
"If the beaver aren't accepting of one another, and we're not 100% positive of their relativity, they could hurt one another and they could even kill one another," explained Erickson-Marthaler.
Once they're happy and healthy, it will be time for them to be released. The six beaver will be taken to Rich County where they'll help with a habitat rehabilitation project.
Erickson-Marthaler tells ABC 4 Utah there is a time crunch to get those beavers back into the wild. While they’re great habitat creators, they need enough time to make their lodging and collect their food before winter hits. She hopes to have the beavers reintroduced back to the wild in the next month or two.
If you would like to help, contact the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah at: http://wrcnu.org/