Two weeks ago I was teaching my Plein Air painting class when a tree came down right by us with a big crash. I ran to see what it was that had caused the tree to come down and saw the hind end of a big beaver. We had witnessed a beaver take down a tree. On further inspection, this ambitious beaver had also had a good go at trees that were over two feet in diameter and well over 50 feet in hight.
On Salt Spring island more and more people are building giant houses. As as a friend of mine said, “Maybe the beavers are tired of building normal size dams and lodges and now want the mega sizes like us humans”.