This observation documents Beaver activity in far southeast Denton County. the location is a small creek that flows through a suburban neighborhood park. The creek is fed mainly by street runoff, and interestingly, its source is only less than a mile to the east of where this observation was made. The creek continues westerly until it finally merges with the Trinity River roughly five miles away.

The Beavers built a dam at this location using mostly reeds and mud, creating a rather substantial pond in the process. They also took down a number of the park’s trees, of both the native and ornamental varieties, sometimes with somewhat comical results.

The neighborhood home owner’s association did not think it was funny, however, and took steps to control the Beavers through trapping and extra measures meant to protect newly replanted trees. I will follow up on how successful these efforts were or weren’t in a later post.

The Beaver pond. The dam is on the other side of the bridge.
A Black Willow tree stump.
A Beaver casualty. This time an ornamental tree.
The Beaver cut this tree down at its base, and then removed all the top branches, leaving the trunk dangling.
Another dangling trunk. There were many others.
Some more Beaver damage.
The Beaver pond attracts other types of wildlife. Notice the Mallards.
A freshly cut tree.
A close up of the Beaver’s handiwork.
Wood shavings left by a Beaver.
The Beaver dam made of mud and reeds.
Another view of the Beaver dam.