Beavers are making quite a comeback in Illinois these days -- and humans are noticing. “When I was a kid, the idea that I would see a wild beaver on my walks in the morning was unheard of,” Zach Selch said. “So it’s sort of cool to have them right here in the middle of Evanston.” The Selch family is posting on social media about the beavers they are routinely seeing on Northwestern University campus. “There’s so much wildlife that people are just not aware of because we’re not looking for it,” said Margaret Frisbie, executive director of the Friends of the Chicago River. “And so many people during this pandemic have been out in nature in a way that just wasn’t happening.” Beaver populations have been rebounding in Illinois since the 1970s with the passage of the Clean Water Act.

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