WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Roadside surprise

The photo is from Kersti Muul, who explains she got a report of a beaver along SW Thistle, and indeed, that’s what it was. So what happened next? “He’s fine. I scooted him into that yard and he ate and then bedded down in the blackberries. Most concerned for it being on such a busy road. I imagine it’s a path it takes all the time back and forth to the creek. [Longfellow] I told everyone to leave it alone and give it space.” Here’s the state Living With Wildlife infopage about beavers.

17 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Roadside surprise"

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul April 7, 2023 (9:12 pm)

    Serendipitous encounter AND it’s International Beaver Day!! Crazy

  • Lori April 7, 2023 (9:16 pm)

    It’s because today is International Beaver Day! 

  • Spicy Eight Piece April 7, 2023 (10:27 pm)

    Can we name him Winona?

    • waikikigirl April 8, 2023 (1:35 pm)

      No, his name should be Jerry Mathers as the….

      • Larry M April 8, 2023 (4:02 pm)

        Gee, I think that’s a swell idea!

    • Kersti Elisabeth Muul April 8, 2023 (4:05 pm)

      Legend has it Winona was a girl

  • PatWS April 8, 2023 (7:50 am)

    Wow! So cool!

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul April 8, 2023 (9:22 am)

    This may be a sub adult kicked out of creek area.

    • WSB April 8, 2023 (9:41 am)

      Last night as I noted on Twitter at about quarter past midnight, somebody called 911 about the beaver. Not sure if police were actually dispatched. I think they said 30th/Cloverdale, which would be the field west of Southwet Pool. The dispatcher was heard stifling a giggle. – TR

      • Kersti Elisabeth Muul April 8, 2023 (12:50 pm)

        LolI saw a picture after dark around 31st and Cloverdale, crossed thistle and head south. Hope it stays away from 35th and is done crossing thistle. 

  • Guy April 8, 2023 (9:33 am)

    I live along Little Creek in Kenmore where some beavers recently built a dam. I enjoyed seeing it but state trappers relocated them back to the wilderness.

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul April 8, 2023 (9:38 am)

    I’ve been in contact with our district bio for WDFW. If there are more sightings please let me know and I’ll pass along. Hopping on a plane now!

  • Pamela Adams April 8, 2023 (10:15 am)

    I just wanted to also acknowledge There is a licensed beaver Rehabilitation service called South Sound Beaver Recovery # 253 732 6515. I have reached out to Jake in case their services are needed for this beaver. The likelihood of it getting hit by a car is quite great. Unfortunately there’s not a lot of Creek places for this beaver to find a new territory that’s not already beaver occupied as there are two or three beaver families already in the daylighted sections of Longfellow Creek. Drive slow around town folks! 

    • B. Peltfrei April 8, 2023 (5:39 pm)

      How about rehabilitating beavers to Schmitz Park or Fauntleroy Woods?  
      Both appear beaver free with ample creeks.

  • ANDERS April 8, 2023 (4:40 pm)

    KERSTI – thanks for being an unceasing  star protector of wildlife.  WSB – thanks for keeping the wonders of nature in the news. PAMELA. thanks for the great info. LARRY M – funny. Love it.

  • WSCurmudgeon April 8, 2023 (9:08 pm)

    Schmitz Park and Fauntleroy Creek don’t have large enough areas where the beavers can escape close encounters with us.  Further pond building in Fauntleroy Creek will likely interfere with existing redds (salmon nests in gravel) that require water flow through them, not deeper standing water over them.   This beaver should be relocated to a wild area ASAP.

  • Samantha E April 8, 2023 (10:20 pm)

    There is also an organization called Beavers Northwest based in Seattle who has contacts and resources. 

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