Do beavers attack?

#16
'Beaver bites man to death' is a headline we never thought we'd see

4/11/2013
A man on a fishing trip to Lake Shestakov in Belarus spotted a beaver by the side of the road and wanted to take a picture of it. Beavers are so cute, he probably thought. Unfortunately, beaver cuteness is only skin-deep. It pounced on the man when he approached and bit him in the thigh. The bite severed a main artery and the man bled to death. Add this to that video of a guy fleeing a beaver, and the conclusion is clear. Safety first: Avoid beavers
 

flyfool

Active Member
#18
A doraphobiac would be pleasantly surprised by a shaven beaver.

When I was young, a beaver sighting was a rare, even non-existent thing. Then somebody invented the mini-skirt, and things were looking up. Then someone invented pantyhose and took all the fun out of it. That's when I took up fishing. Beavers don't bother me any more. Much.
 

10incher

Active Member
#19
I remember a Jeff Foxworthy bit where he discusses the line "If you've ever had your nipple bitten off by a beaver... You might be a redneck." He got it from a fan it actually happened to. I don't even want to guess at how that happens. But It is a report of a beaver attack.
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#20
I remember a Jeff Foxworthy bit where he discusses the line "If you've ever had your nipple bitten off by a beaver... You might be a redneck." He got it from a fan it actually happened to. I don't even want to guess at how that happens. But It is a report of a beaver attack.
That guy could have been a noodler and the beaver a noodlee.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#22
I remember a Jeff Foxworthy bit where he discusses the line "If you've ever had your nipple bitten off by a beaver... You might be a redneck." He got it from a fan it actually happened to. I don't even want to guess at how that happens. But It is a report of a beaver attack.
I remember that story.

I came face to face with a beaver when I was fishing the Entiat once. He went one way and I went the other. I was climbing over a pile of logs.
 

10incher

Active Member
#23
I haven't seen a beaver here in the PNW yet. But in Ca. I saw a few. They always seemed to be cautious of me and I just sort of watched for awhile out of mild interest and then ignored them. I do think that being between a mother and it's young is a hazard with any species though.

Sometimes coyotes will pack stalk people. It's happened to me. It was scary while it was happening. When I got home I looked into it on line. I read that, in the US, there are only two reports in all American history of coyote related human fatalities. I also read that being stalked by coyotes isn't unusual. Where their territory is shared with people they remain cautious but stop feeling threatened. So they do it out of instinct like a sort of play game. They are dogs after all.

I once found myself between a mountain lion and it's kill. I was hiking up a small creek when I found a fresh deer carcass half covered in sticks and dirt. Two bloody holes in it's cranium and it's stomach ripped apart. I thought "This looks like a mountain lion kill. I'd better keep an eye out." Then around the next bend I saw the cat. It was about thirty yards away. It turned and squared up on me. As scary as that was I did what I've read you should. I opened my jacket and raised my arms in the air to give as large and threatening an appearance as possible. The cat didn't move. We stared at each other for what seemed like over a minute (though it may have been less. I was preoccupied by new and unpleasant stains in my clothing). Not wanting the cat to make the decision about what happened next I did the only thing I could think of. I took a few steps toward it!!! The cat turned, jumped an easy ten feet up onto an outcropping and then walked quickly away. When it was out of sight I got the hell out of there.

Be careful everyone. The odds of being attacked by any critter are very, very small. But what is often ignored is that those odds go up greatly when you spend a lot of time where those critters live. Someone in the wrong place at the wrong time accounts for those statistics. Gamer geeks don't get their nipples bitten off by beavers.
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#24
3-4 years ago a couple of coyotes attacked and killed a 19-year old Canadian singer in Ontario, I think. And I had a crazed marmot make repeated passes at my right hiking boot in Glacier years ago. Even after he got lofted through the uprights, in a manner of speaking, he still came back. Cold-cocking him with a water bottle finally got his attention.
 

10incher

Active Member
#25
3-4 years ago a couple of coyotes attacked and killed a 19-year old Canadian singer in Ontario, I think.
Poor things. They must have been starving.

What?.. Too soon?

I use to live with a roommate that had ferrets. They were a kick to play with and afraid of nothing. I don't think any weasel type critters feel fear. Probably the only mammal in the vicinity that would willingly attack Alex MacDonald!
 
#26
I trapped for many years in my younger life.
Beavers are pretty tough critters.
I've never had one attach but I have had them swim around and slap their tails on the water, fishing went to shit after that.
My daughter got her Doc. at Oregon State so I'm a "Beaver believer"
"I would like to stuff one" Naked Gun
 

Gregg Lundgren

Now fishing on weekdays too!
#27
10incher said:
I haven't seen a beaver here in the PNW yet. But in Ca. I saw a few. They always seemed to be cautious of me and I just sort of watched for awhile out of mild interest and then ignored them.
What did you expect 10incher?;)
 

Cuttbow82

Active Member
#29
Long time lurker on this site. Can't remember if I've posted before - guess I'll find out in a sec.

About 16 years ago I was steelheading on the Sky along Ben Howard Road. I was trying to wade past a beaver den and started hearing loud snarling and growling. I got pretty freaked out and for a minute thought there was a bear nearby. Then all of a sudden a beaver popped out of the water just downstream of me and started slapping the water with his tail. I got the message and abandoned my quest to wade past his house. I knew they tail-slapped the water, but didn't know that they could make such ominous growling and snarling noises.

Also heard from a buddy that there is a tail-slapper along the NW shore of Cooper Lake (salmon-la-sac area). He was canoing to a campsite after dark and the critter headed him off slapping the water.

EDIT - yes, this was my first post! :)
 

bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
#30
I trapped for many years in my younger life.
Beavers are pretty tough critters.
I've never had one attach but I have had them swim around and slap their tails on the water, fishing went to shit after that.
My daughter got her Doc. at Oregon State so I'm a "Beaver believer"
"I would like to stuff one" Naked Gun
Hey get with the times , nowdays we call trapping beavers , Dateing...