Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Beaver Dam


I know I've blogged about beavers before, but not Wyoming beavers. (Is there a difference?)

Recently on an afternoon hike to the creek, we found an area where the beavers have been BUSY.

Busy Beavers!



A wise trapper friend of ours told us this: 
BIG trees, little beavers
little trees, BIG beavers.

And he is right! We saw one of the beavers swim away and he was quite large. Of course, I was too surprised and excited to take a picture.



There is now a pond above the dam when usually this is a fast flowing creek. We'll see how strong this dam actually is as the mountain snow is rapidly melting.


The beaver's main thoroughfare.


And the dogs smelled the construction workers.


But after a few minutes in the brush, they hurried out and shook themselves off.

I was grateful because I get a little concerned about skunks.


Here is the other side of the dam.




We followed a highly traveled critter trail back to the cabin!

We've had three days of warm temps. Yesterday hit 77 degrees. But today we are back down to 50 degrees. It sounds like the wind blowing outside the windows when actually it is the creek rushing with the melting mountain snow. Steve doesn't think that dam will be able to withstand the force of the water. We'll try to get back there soon and see how things are going.

I think there are going to be some unhappy beavers.


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