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Photo of the Month - February 2010
Hello Nature Canada,
I encountered this beaver in early March 2008 at the Waterfront Trail in Hamilton. It was walking along the edge of the ice, very close to the trail and appeared to be unconcerned by the many trail users. The beaver was seen on several occasions.
Thanks for sharing this quintessential Canadian photo with us, Jean!
With its round body, broad tail and long incisor teeth, the largest rodent in North America is unmistakable. The beaver is an official emblem of Canada and can be found throughout the country.
The species faced extinction from the mid-19th century through the early 20th century, due in large part to hunting for their fur pelts. Conservation efforts began in the 1930s and involved the reintroduction of beavers into areas that had been cleared by trappers. The beaver appeared on the first Canadian stamp and is still featured on the reverse of the nickel.
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