Mountain beaverAplodontia rufaalso called sewellela muskrat -sized burrowing rodent found only in the Pacific Northwest of North America. Unlike the American and Eurasian beavers genus Castorthe mountain beaver has an extremely short tail and is less than a half metre 1. It is characterized by small rounded ears, small eyes, short and robust limbs with five digits on each foot, and a white spot under the ears.
Some localized costs can arise and these may be incurred by landholders or other parties who do not necessarily benefit directly from the presence of beaver. It is thus important to examine options for providing free beaver management and translocation services. A study published in by the WildCRU consultancy at Oxford University has concluded that the benefit of beaver reintroduction would substantially outweigh likely costs.
The Mountain Beaver Aplodontia rufa is a primitive rodent that spends the majority of its time underground. Its name is a misnomer as it is not actually a beaver and it prefers lower elevations. Mountain Beavers are stocky burrowing mammals typically between 10 and 18 inches long and weighing from one to three pounds.
They are famous for building dams and lodges in aquatic areas. However, beavers eat a variety of plants and have ingenious ways to make sure there is food available all year long. How beavers eat and how they engineer their surroundings play a role in their importance to the environment.
If our beaver pair successfully mated this February, we should expect to see kits baby beavers any day now! Keep your eyes peeled from PM till dusk around the beaver pond at Crossroads Marsh, and check out the About section to learn more about how to contribute to this project. Help track beaver activity at Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust!
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People often disagree about the beaver. Some think this master dam builder is the smartest thing in fur pants, and they use such words as intelligent, energetic, and helpful when speaking of it. Others claim the paddle-tailed engineer is dumb, stubborn, and destructive. A look at the beaver and its lifestyle may show why opinions are so different.