ROBERT WRIGHT

Crisis, What Crisis?

More history, less hysteria

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!