February 2nd, 2013. A few weeks ago we went by eastern swamp on Enoch John Road in Wilkes County, Georgia.This is what the swamp looked like in the summer of 2011. And a closer view of the…
The treasure was a beaver lodge in the open pond just above the beaver dam.
A closer views…
It was sunny on Saturday and we went back to Wilkes County to check on another creek but drove by the swamps. Road work had been done on the west swamp on Anderson Mill Creek to channel the water from the rain we had last week. mini-dam was gone but this didn’t affect the beaver lodge at the east end of the swamp.
The sight that confronted us when we drove down the hill on Satruday was shocking…
The swamp had been drained. The lodge was high and dry.
We walked along the ridge to the side of the swamp to get a better view of the lodge.
It didn’t take long to see where the dam had been breached…
A section of the dam had been removed, leaving just a small streamlet draining through it. (the road is in the background).
A bulldozer had removed a section about six to seven feet long from the dam during the few days after the last rain judging by the freshness of the marks scoured into the side of the hole.
The destruection seems particularly wonton when the area has been in a relatively severe drought for a few years and the water impounded by this dam supports not only the beaver but other wildlife in the surrounding area. The dam was structurally sound and didn’t present any risk to the road just below it. Rather than destroying a large section of the dam down to its base, it would have made more sense to insert an overflow pipe into this section of the dam rather than destroy it completely. Hopefully, since this is prime real estate for beaver, they will repair the dam and return the swamp to its previous state.
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University of Georgia Museum of Natural History: American Beaver (Castor canadensis)