Troopers rescue distressed beaver near Lackawanna fire site

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Police say they rescued a disoriented beaver in the aftermath of the Lackawanna fire.

Two Troopers were working near the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant on Saturday when they saw a large animal walking near Route 5 in the area of Smoke Creek.

It turned out to be an approximately 50 lb. injured beaver.

The animal, which was in an unusual spot, appeared disoriented and distressed. This may have been due to living near the fire, State Police say.

Following the discovery, Troopers captured the beaver in a cardboard box and took it to the Tonawanda SPCA facility.

There, it was cared for and then transferred to Abbe-Freeland Animal Sanctuary in Angelica.

The beaver is being evaluated by the Cornell Wildlife Center, and will probably be released this spring. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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