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Kentucky Color - Big Teeth
Observant Kentucky Color author discovers another resident Columbian, an outstanding Adair Countian, whose very existence may be setting a record, with this essay on their His/Her Presence Among Us. -CM
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry
Although we almost never see one and there are several living in the limits of Columbia, we are all pretty familiar with beaver from the many wildlife TV shows, etc. They are the second largest rodent and can grow up to 50 lbs or more but the largest one I've ever seen was in the 25 lb range which would put it in the, little larger than a Raccoon range. The incisor marks on this piece of wood would lead me to believe that the one who cut down this tree was larger than 25 lbs.
Beaver have webbed feet which makes them great swimmers. Their incisors grow continually and are softer on the back then they are on the front which makes them curve inward and allows them to remain razor sharp.
I've seen many Beaver dams and lodges on small streams in Cumberland, Metcalfe and Adair. However, on large creeks such as Russell Creek and on Crocus Creek where these photos were taken they sometimes live or take refuge up under the stream banks and submerged ledges where there are areas above the water level in which to live.
Beavers do not hibernate and cut down trees and small saplings and pile them up in the water so as to have an underwater source of food should the surface of the water freeze and trap them underneath. Apparently this one was dislodged during the recent and unusual, heavy winter rains.Billy Joe Fudge
And a note from CM about these hearty survivors: Even when the Army (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Louisville chapter) is called out to destroy their colony - implementing what is meant to be disproportionate force - to stop flooding around Green River Lake, particularly along Elk Horn Road, at the corner of KY 206/76 near Spout Springs, Knifley, KY.
The Army's Shock and Awe victories are usually of a temporary nature and the Beaver population continues to endeavor to persevere, only to invite renewed attacks on their settlements.
CM is not taking a position on the hostilities. We just observers.
Anyway, I'd sure like to see the huge Beaver BJ Fudge found, or one of the River Otters Joe Barbee says are massing across Russell Creek intent on invading Columbia, KY. Again, we're practicing Swiss neutrality and are basically Quaker by nature. Finally: We believe in the presence of the Big Beaver. Billy Joe Fudge has an eye for nature's outlyers. He was the one who spotted the 37 lb. Earl's Cemetery Bobcat, two pounds over the Wikipedia range. But if the past is prologue, the Doubting Thomases will spring forth, as a Confederacy of Dunces, to pour cold water on this latest discovery. But we say: Go! Billy Joe!
This story was posted on 2012-01-26 05:45:29
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