Monday 26 October 2015

Busy Beavers

    The other day Skye (our dog) and I went out for a walk.  I thought we would try the trail that ran along the Fraser River on the west side of the Fraser River Bridge near McBride.  As we started down the trail we were soon confronted with a blockade of numerous Cottonwood trees lying across the trail.  Beavers had fallen them.  I am always amazed when I see trees downed by the chewing of beavers.  It is quite a remarkable feat considering just how tough it is to fall a tree if you had to use something like a rock to chip away at it.
    There must have been 10 to 12 trees lying across the trail.  In the photo above you can see that someone cleared the trail of one tree previously, sawing up the tree in the foreground with a chainsaw, but since then the beavers had returned to take down several more.
    The fallen trees really didn’t prevent us from using the trail, we just walked around them, but it was an interesting discovery along the way.

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