Sunday, May 5, 2013

Beaver Signs

No, not that kind of a sign...

More like this fresh sign along the Monongahela river:

There's little in this picture to give one a sense of scale, but that is a fairly large tree, approximately ten inches across. I'd hate to imagine the size of beaver that could drag this tree into the water.

During the last ice age, the giant beaver (Trogontherium cuvieri) grew to be as large as a black bear. A saber-toothed beaver is not something you'd want to tangle with.

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