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Pesky Beavers

You all know that I usually try to lighten things up for the weekend with my Friday blog posts.  Oftentimes, I will use some unbelievable headline that I have found on the interwebs.  This one is a couple of years old, but it is a doozy!

Wisconsin Man’s Prosthetic Leg Found in Beaver Dam

I am not going to copy and paste the entire story; if you want to read it, you can find it here on the Twin City’s Pioneer Press website.

The short version of the story is that some gentleman was canoeing and fishing a lake in Wisconsin when his canoe capsized.  The man was able to recover most of his gear, thank goodness he saved his rods and reels, but in the process he lost his prosthetic leg.  To paraphrase the quote from the gentleman it ‘twern’t nothing because it was an older prosthetic leg he used for hunting and fishing.  It was not his “everyday” leg!

Fast forward a month and three miles from where the gentleman capsized, and a couple of other canoers/anglers spot a leg sticking out of a beaver dam!  Now you can imagine the thoughts that went through their heads, but fortunately, instead of finding a corpse in the beaver dam, it was only a wooden leg!  If you have spent any time around beavers and their workings you know that they will incorporate just about anything that is not nailed down into their dams and dens.

Caught this pesky beaver in the shop stealing water bottles. Wonder if he was thirsty?

So what do you do if you lose your artificial limb in a canoe tip-over?  Duh, you advertise it on Craiglist!

Then when two other canoers find your prosthetic, they can return it to you and collect the $50 reward!

Seriously, you cannot make this stuff up.  Follow the link and read the story.

Have a great weekend, GO FISH and/or GO HUNT!  Try to keep track of your limbs.

Do not know if this beaver was a limb-stealer or not?

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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