After a beaver bit his dog Wednesday morning at Anchorage’s University Lake dog park, Ira Levinton ran to the lake’s edge, ready to jump in and save the 8-year-old shepherd-husky mix, he said.
But Levinton tripped. He was in the beaver’s territory. He knew it, and the beaver knew it. Armed with its trademark teeth, the rodent had already chomped his dog, Mason, five times on the rump.
Levinton saw the beaver cruising toward him — “He was just checking me out” — and got up to find his dog back near the trail. Levinton escaped unscathed, and veterinarians stitched up Mason.
The 35-pound he-beaver Levinton described most likely a she-beaver, said Jessy Coltrane, state wildlife biologist for the Anchorage area, though both male and female beavers are known to protect their young, called kits.
Out of the water, Mason looked like he was bleeding, but Levinton did not realize how badly the dog was hurt until they got home. The beaver had sunk its teeth deep into the dog’s hindquarters, Levinton said.
Based on Levinton’s description of the wounds, the beaver probably jumped the dog from behind, Coltrane said. Beavers also swim underneath dogs in deeper water and bite their abdomens, causing much worse injuries, she said.
Before this last year or so, I never knew how aggressive and potentially dangerous beavers can be. Remember these stories?