Sep 212011
 

Beavers in urban and suburban environments often cause problems with water management as a consequences of their dam building. I got word of this particular case after overhearing a conversation about how many times a local business had to pay to have a drainage culvert unplugged due to the activities of a resident Beaver. The indications were that the Beaver was not terribly wary of people, and could be reliably observed just before sunset.

I decided to investigate, and sure enough the Beaver was there ready to be photographed.

The remarkable thing about this observation is just how isolated this pond is. This part of Garland has been developed for decades. It is completely surrounded by warehouses and businesses for miles around. The pond is truly an oasis of wildness in the midst of urban sprawl.

This is the approach to the small pond where the Beaver was rumored to live.

This is the approach to the small pond where the Beaver was rumored to live.

A narrow band of trees and brush reveal the location of the pond and is feeder creek.

A narrow band of trees and brush reveal the location of the pond and is feeder creek.

The pond is an oasis of wilderness nestled in the midst of urban sprawl.

The pond is an oasis of wilderness nestled in the midst of urban sprawl.

This culvert drains the pond. The beaver has repeated plugged it up.

This culvert drains the pond. The beaver has repeated plugged it up.

My timing was fortuitous. When I reached the pond I immediately noticed the small willow in the center of this photograph being tugged and jostled.

My timing was fortuitous. When I reached the pond I immediately noticed the small willow in the center of this photograph being tugged and jostled.

The Beaver soon emerged carrying a willow branch in its mouth.

The Beaver soon emerged carrying a willow branch in its mouth.

A closer look at the urban Beaver.

A closer look at the urban Beaver.

The poor lighting made photographing the Beaver in motion difficult to get right.

The poor lighting made photographing the Beaver in motion difficult to get right.

Here the Beaver swims off with its newly cut willow branch in tow.

Here the Beaver swims off with its newly cut willow branch in tow.

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