What's better than parachuting beavers?
Video of parachuting beavers.
Boise State Public Radio, KBSU, has the story (and if you're impatient, the parachuting beaver footage begins about 8 minutes into the video above):
"For years, there have been whispers at Idaho Fish and Game of a film, made around 1950, that showed how the Department relocated fur-bearing animals, like beavers, around the state. It supposedly included footage of the infamous airplane beaver drops. There is even a brief Idaho Statesman article from 1950 that says Fish and Game had received permission to make two color films for $700.
"But the film was missing. Until now.
"One of Sharon Clark's jobs at Fish and Game is Department Historian. She pursued the rumors, along with help from the Idaho Historical Society. After years of searching, the film "Fur for the Future" was found, mislabeled and in the wrong box.
"Clark says the film was in a fragile state and the Society got some experts to convert it to a digital format. Fish and Game and the Historical Society are pleased to show it off today. (The parachuting beavers show up around seven minutes into the video.)"
The rediscovered film is a classic, complete with deep-voiced narration, soaring background music and grainy footage. But what necessitated the parachuting beaver in the first place?