We saw this animal at the top of the big hill on PL Road (Kawartha Nordic Ski Club), late on the afternoon of February 20. We’re confused by the tail, which seems too narrow for a Beaver, but too wide for a Muskrat. It was small — body about 14 inches. So we’re wondering if it was a juvenile.

Jim Conley, Peterborough

Note: Speaking with naturalist Don McLeod, who is very knowledgeable about mammals, it does appear to be a young Beaver, probably from last year’s litter. DM

Juvenile Beaver – February 20, 2017 – KNSC – Jim Conley


Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.