varmints


 TRR photos by Sandy Long

Beaver are semi-aquatic mammals that weigh between 30 to 60 pounds and range in length from 20 to 25 inches with flat, textured, paddle-shaped tails approximately 10 to 15 inches long. The tails serve as rudders when swimming, store fat in winter, provide balance and act as a prop when the animal is cutting down trees. Beaver also use their tails to warn potential predators away with a loud slap on the surface of the water.

Beaver behavior

Did you know the beaver is New York State’s official mammal, or that it is North America’s largest rodent? I recently encountered the beaver depicted here and had the opportunity to observe it harvesting twigs from along an icy shoreline, then engaging in grooming activities.


Tussel proudly displays a coyote taken during one of his adventures into the outdoors. 

Coyote hunting offers hot action

Hunting the Eastern coyote has become more and more popular over time, to the point that many clubs and organizations now pit hunter against hunter for coyote cash in many tournaments around the country. But the lure runs much deeper for most than the smell of green.

 

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