Saturday, September 21, 2013

Euthanizing Beavers ~ Egret Photo of the Day

The great egret at Lake Kittamaqundi. Assuming it's the same individual, it spends the summers here, vying with the herons for fishing spots. It might be splitting its time between Lake K. and Wilde Lake.

Now about the beaver: Not far from where I took my egret snapshot, here's the famous beaver's daytime slumbering spot on the creek bank (see below). Snapped last weekend, this might be one of the last times it was seen sleeping on its front porch before it switched to sleeping indoors again. I've learned that if Columbia Association can catch this beaver or any beaver, they don't relocate the creature as many of us thought. They euthanize it. This is in accordance with state regulations, because nobody else wants a beaver in their neighborhood.

So on the one hand, we have this amazing wild animal that delights us when we see it swimming in the lake or slumbering peacefully within sight of the path. On the other hand, it's the same "varmint" which has been tearing up the trees close to the lake and compelling authorities to clad threatened trees with wire mesh.


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