Very Low risk of Parasite Echinococcus multilocularis
Over 90% of the Tay beavers were born in Scotland and will be guaranteed free from this parasite.
The very small chance that one of the handful of imported beavers could carry this parasite has been carefully risk assessed by experts and a strategy for further risk reduction has been agreed. The parasite, which cycles between rodents and canids cannot be passed directly from beavers to humans. This risk occurred as a result of lack of knowledge in the past when beavers were brought legally into the UK and quarantined for use in zoos, wildlife parks etc. The Scottish Government scientists have already advised the Ministry that culling the beavers for this reason is not appropriate.