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The article about beavers on the A90 (, 11 March) has a number of striking 

Firstly Bear Scotland was not forced to chop down the trees. It chose to chop them down, when the beavers had only marked them a little.

At this point, wrapping them in wire netting would have saved the trees from further ­beaver activity, and on the recommendation of beaver specialists other trees near the beaver burrow are to be wrapped in this way as a precaution.

Secondly, the beavers are not rogues. They are part of a wild population of native animals that is descended from accidental escapes, the first of which happened 12 years ago.

Beavers were hunted to extinction in Scotland 400 years ago by humans – perhaps our ancestors were the rogues in this story.

The beavers have miraculously managed to recolonise some of their old range in the Tay catchment. Like all wild animals they will need some management and it is good to see that this is now taking place.

In the case of beavers, any costs are more than worth it as they also bring great benefits to the environment and to people.

Trees fall on roads all the time, with or without beavers.

Louise Ramsay

Scottish Wild Beaver Group