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Almost hit a beaver

Old 04-18-09, 09:49 AM
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Almost hit a beaver

So I guess that proves I'm Canadian, eh? Last night the little critter crossed the road up ahead of me, but slowed down when it got close to the opposite side. Just for fun, on my approach I decided to "tch-tch" him like calling a horse. He heard that, saw me, and scrambled back across the road whence he came.

Right in front of me. I hit my brakes, and probably got with a metre of him. Close call. And it was my first time seeing a beaver in real life!
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Old 04-18-09, 09:58 AM
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^^^^^ nice shiney coated ones
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Old 04-18-09, 11:13 AM
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Thing is, I'd never seen one before. It's not like I have anything against them, it's just, well, they've never really crossed my path. Not that I go out looking for them, or anything.

I never realized how elegant they were. Proud, and noble. And fast. I think I like them.
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Let's not drift in that direction, all....
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Come up to Northern Ontario there easy to find. Be careful they do get mean and those tails can easily brake a limb.
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As Tom said... keep it clean. We all get it that the word "beaver" has more than 1 definition, but let's all be grown-ups here, OK?
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Common "hitting beaver" is too good of a setup...

I've almost hit muskrats several times, but never a beaver. Did you get a good look at the tail?
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Yep, he had the classic flat tail. He wasn't as big as the one in this picture, though.

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I almost got hit by a wild turkey once. Those things are HUGE.
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Beavers are cool. I've seen some incredible dams backpacking in the mountains of West Virginia. A hell of a lot of effort goes into making those structures.
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
I almost got hit by a wild turkey once. Those things are HUGE.
Hit a turkey take it home.....that's dinner

Nearly hit a Canada goose this week...samething .. after I call in a report to the DNR
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i aim at animals. i get hungry on rides
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What to drink when you are chasing beaver...

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Don't worry you'll get lucky someday.
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Thew beavers huge tail also helps it glide when it jumps from tress onto it's unsuspecting victims.
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Thew beavers huge tail also helps it glide when it jumps from tress onto it's unsuspecting victims.

You've been nipping at the Molson's, haven't you ?

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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
I almost got hit by a wild turkey once. Those things are HUGE.
We have massive flocks of them. This photo was taken from my office window.



The can be huge. Amazingly, they fly pretty good too.
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I have never hit a beaver, but I seen a ***** (cat) get smashed by a truck on my last ride.
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That was clean you *****ing cry babies
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Call yourself a Canuckian? You've never viewed beaver before? Oh, well; better late than never. Now you can feel satisfied that you have communed with our national critter ... and on a bicycle no less!

For future reference, here is the correct stance and dress for the beaver-spotting cyclist:

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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
Let's not drift in that direction, all....
Hmmm. And what direction might that be. OH... never crossed my mind.
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I used to take this exit to work ...

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Buy a shotgun.
Do not shoot animals out of season and post the mess on a forum....you have been warned by someone who has seen what can happen to someone who does (jail + fines +++)
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ohgawd we just went thru this with bad results from the mod.

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