What a sight on Thanksgiving morning - healthy trees had been transformed overnight into hazard trees for ducks passing by along the shore line. Beavers had been hard at work and were not yet done with the tree felling along Picnic Point path. A morning jogger tried to get a feel for beaver feasting.
A beaver has large, sharp, upper and lower incisors, which are used to cut trees and peel bark while eating. The incisors grow the entire life, but are worn down by grinding them together, tree cutting, and feeding. The beaver’s incisors (front teeth) are harder on the front surface than on the back, and so the back wears faster. This creates a sharp edge that enables a beaver to easily cut through wood.
Gisela Kutzbach and contributors