Beavers move in to city marshland, colonize urban areas in Vancouver

Beavers have moved into Vancouver's Olympic Village. Photo by Cheryl Reynolds, Wikipedia.

VANCOUVER — Humans aren't the only ones hankering to sink their teeth into Vancouver's red-hot real-estate market.

A pair of iconic Canadian mascots has bid adieu to the marshes of the country and taken up residence in the heart of the city's bustling downtown.

A beaver couple has built a home in a restored marshland abutting the city's Olympic Village, along the picturesque False Creek.

City biologist Nick Page says there are currently a couple dozen beavers living in Vancouver, many of them in Stanley Park.

The Vancouver Park Board has approved an action plan to add 25 hectares of nature in the city, allowing for novel habitats for fish, birds plants and beavers.

Elsewhere in Canada's big cities, municipal officials estimate there are about 200 beavers in Calgary and 100 in Winnipeg.

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