Friday, June 15, 2012
Beaver are mainly nocturnal, so this one which I saw early in the morning was probably headed home after a night of carousing. Their dens are located within the dams that they construct, but they don't always build a dam. Sometimes they build a large conical house and, I suspect, that may be true of this one. If you look carefully, you will see it's flat tail just under the water.
I had one scare the bejeebers out of me one time while I was fishing. I had just finished thinking how nice and peaceful and enjoyable the pond was when a beaver snuck up right behind me and slapped his tail down on the water as hard as he could to let me know he didn't like me being there. I almost fell out of the one-man raft I was fishing from since I was sitting up on the edge. They are edible by the way.