[Tweeters] "Fill" mammal question
constancesidles at gmail.com
Sat Feb 4 02:11:40 PST 2012
Dear Jennifer, there are 7 beaver lodges circling the horseshoe of
Union Bay, so we have plenty of beavers at the Fill. One of the most
active beaver lodges is in Yesler Cove (the easternmost part of the
Fill). I believe the beaver who ambitiously chopped down the tree that
fell just behind the wooden bench (on the Loop Trail as you walk
toward East Point) came from that lodge. I counted at least 3 beavers
swimming near that lodge on the night of Jan. 1.
Historically, there have also been a lot of nutria at the Fill as
well. The wildlife officials (state ones, I believe) have been making
a big effort to get rid of this nonnative mammal. Two or three years
ago, they set out a number of live traps and caught 200 nutria. The
traps were still active last year (I haven't looked for them this year
yet), but I don't think they were catching much. I haven't seen a
nutria in a while.
We also get River Otters, muskrats, and mink. - Connie
On Feb 3, 2012, at 5:43 PM, Jennifer Bendemire wrote:
> I was at the Fill Wednesday morning and saw what looked like a
> beaver swimming in slow circles in the water, though didn't get a
> good look at the tail. Does anyone know if beaver regularly occur
> at the Fill? I have to admit I hope it wasn't a nutria, though I
> don't think it was. I also enjoyed seeing quite a few green-winged
> teal, and a ring-necked duck, which was a first for me. It was a
> very beautiful morning to be there.
> Jennifer Bendemire
> Shoreline, WA
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