Au Revoir, Castor


There's trouble in the Canadian hinterland. There was a time when the busy beaver had almost disappeared from Canada due to over-trapping. No longer. In recent decades the devil has made a comeback—attacking pets, flooding farmers' fields, and hacking down cottagers' favourite trees. In Saskatchewan, there are now bounties on beavers' heads and even a beaver-hunting derby. In Quebec, meanwhile, a movement is afoot to legalize squirrel-hunting. Don't worry, there's nothing unethical about any of this if you're of pur laine stock. Eating squirrel and beaver "is part of a long tradition," says Montreal chef Martin Picard. Au revoir, castor!