Thursday, April 12, 2012

Busy Beavers


The beavers are busy this time of the year. Our trapper friend says the moms are kicking the year-old beavers out to make room for new young arrivals. The year-old beavers set out in search of their own place to build a dam, hoping the area is not already inhabited, and is suitable for them. Our trapper friend says "Big trees, small beaver, small trees, big beaver."



One day you'll pass a scene like this and think - wow - they are busy.
But then it quits. This tree still looks like this. Small beaver...



There is no evidence of a dam in the area.
What did they do with the logs?
Big beaver...


The log path to the water.


But no dam that we could see.


This is a different dam about a 1/2 mile from our house.



The above two pictures are of an abandoned beaver house.


Okay, I need to set up the next picture. 
Some of you may find it cruel, but you have to understand that there are so many beaver,
they need to be trapped so as to keep our natural streams and riverways running freely.


Here's the story... 

We have friends that own a camp called the Boyne City Beavers. It was the name of the camp when they bought it and for the most part names carry over, whether you want it to or not. So they wanted a beaver mount for the cabin, a mascot of sorts. Steve contacted our trapper friend and he delivered a beaver to us for our friend. The deceased beaver needed to be frozen until the above party came for it and brought it to a taxidermy. Imagine my shock when I went to the garage freezer in search of venison for that evening's supper and forgot this fellow was in my freezer chilling out. 




Ready?






Yes, I jumped.

















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