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Seriously: beavers

The comments to my last post got me thinking about my two up-close encounters with beavers. Both involved trout fishing.

One night, about an hour before sunset, I was standing in hip boots in water up to my thighs. I was in sunlight, but I was casting upstream to a stretch of water heavily shaded by overhanging trees. Suddenly, a beaver's head popped above the surface as it swam with the current downstream. I guessed that it would have trouble seeing, swimming from the dark into the light, so I didn't move anything except my eyes and it simply swam right by, passing about four feet to my right.

The second time, a rainstorm chased me out of the water, so I was standing beneath a tree, hoping its leaves would provide some shelter. A beaver clambered out of the creek and scurried toward me. I didn't move, so it got pretty close—about a yard away from my feet—before yanking some weeds from the ground, turning around and carrying the weeds into the water, where it was apparently beginning to build a dam.

So, one might think the beaver to be a gentle, harmless animal. But then, there's this:

(Nature is red in tooth and claw)


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Mar. 8th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
Your descriptions are so vivid. Yikes on the beaver tale. Can you imagine the headlines?

"Death by Beaver...what a way to go."
Mar. 8th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
One afternoon I was fortunate to be able to watch some sort of critter (I think it may have been a mink) sliding down a muddy bank into the water. It would slide down the bank into the water, climb out, and do it again. I can't help but think it was playing.

Mar. 9th, 2014 01:22 am (UTC)
The beaver was in the witness protection program and did not want to be photographed.
Mar. 9th, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
That's gotta be it.
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