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Beaver Tale

June 6, 2014

The best time to catch sight of a beaver at work is at night – but I got lucky early one morning and snapped a couple of pictures of a beaver swimming back to the den. I eventually put the widlife camera over some fresh beaver-chewed sticks and hoped for the best. After a few false starts, I managed to locate the camera just where the beaver was working. The result is the video you see here.

Beaver swimming in Kokanee Creek

Beaver swimming in Kokanee Creek

A friend who had lived in the Kootenays all of his 80 or so years once told me that if you knocked some sticks together, you might entice a curious beaver to investigate. That has not worked for me yet, but you never know – one day they may surprise me. More often than not, however, the beaver sees me first (or hears the click of the camera) and disappears under water. I see beaver-chewed sticks and the beaver tracks left behind in the mud far more often than I see this wily rodent. But then, that makes the occasional sighting of a beaver all the more special.

Beaver Track

Beaver Track

all videos, photos and writing copyright J.A. Siderius, 2014

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