Beavers, Their Ways

Beavers, Their Ways

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...languish and die. The beaver's feed varies as to their surroundings but the largest and thriftiest colonies of these animals are found where the cottonwood and common red willow grow luxuriously. Boxelder bark and bud are a favorite feed, while oak, ash and elm are cut and dragged to the feed bed when their choicer provender is scarce or non est. The beavers living in water holes out of the reach of timber are content to live on grass and flag roots in much the same manner as muskrats, but mixing it with buck brush, when found. There is nothing lazy about the average beaver as they will be found ameliorating or improving their con-. dition wherever placed. Dig and dredge passageways and open up and clear away the debris from spring indications, is the first work of the beavers in selecting sites for new homes. They are contented with ahole in the bank for headquarters until after the dam is finished--if in a stream. In a lake the outlet dam is the only one that needs looking after--it regulating the rise and fall of water as does the creek dams but less perceptible to the ordinary observer. The author of this work has received many communications from persons residing in divers sections of the country stretching from far east New England to the Pacific coast and also the British Possessions making inquiry as to where live beaver could be obtained, the price, etc., etc. One gentleman, a resident of New York state stated he would be glad to give from $50 to $100 for a young and healthy pair--male and female--for breeding purposes. And it is remembered well, that the two pair purchased for Itasca Park by Governor VanSant and Ex-Governor Lind cost these gentlemen about $500 before they were safely delivered to the Park authorities. It will be...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236774949
  • 9781236774941