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