I stared at these marks on the ice at Liberty Reservoir last week, wondering what made the marks. My theory is beavers crossed here. Anybody know?
Also, last week, I snuck up on the biggest beaver I ever saw while it was up on a bank of the Patuxent River. I was floating downstream, so I don't think it heard me coming. Before it started moving, I thought it was a big black plastic trash bag full of trash. Including the tail, it was probably over 50" long and it was hugely fat. Later, I learned beavers keep growing their whole life and may reach 70 pounds. Sadly, I was wearing leather gloves that fit tightly over glove liners, so while my phone was handy, the gloves kept me from operating the touch screen and taking a picture. Another reason to carry a dedicated camera!