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In 1897, the state's last native beavers were trapped in Stokes County. Several unsuccessful attempts to reintroduce beavers were made in the early 20th century. However, in 1939, 29 beavers from Pennsylvania were released in the Sandhills Wildlife Management Area near Rockingham. By 1949, 385 beavers were counted. Wildlife biologists do not expect beavers to spread over the state from this nucleus.
Once estimated at several hundred thousand in colonial North Carolina, the beaver was extinct across the state by the late 19th-century. In 1938, 29 beavers were released on what is now the Sandhills Wildlife Management Area in Richmond County. In 1955, the estimated beaver population was around 5,000. Wilson discusses the history of the beaver in North Carolina and its effect on the landscape.