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meghann

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Not for ID, just for fun. This past weekend, while birding Phinizy Swamp here in Augusta, I finally saw my first wild beaver. I usually only see otters or nutria, so I sure was excited! There were two of them, but one was under some brush, and I couldn't get a good shot.

 

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Cool, but...

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I usually only see otters or nutria,

Coming from Chicago, that first bit there doesn't make any sense at all! (Otters are just now filtering back into the region as the result of reintroduction programs a bit farther west.)

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At the swamp here, there's a population of otters that I guess I've gotten used to seeing! I still love seeing the little boogers, though. I have had some interesting encounters, including them making some hissing type noise and scaring the crud out of me. Recently I also had one running down the path straight at me. He got about 10 feet away before he stopped and stared at me. I finally said "Hey dude, whatcha doing?" and that spooked him enough to slip into the pond we were next to.

I had heard for years there were beavers at this swamp, but just had never managed to see them until now!

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4 hours ago, psweet said:

Cool, but...

Coming from Chicago, that first bit there doesn't make any sense at all! (Otters are just now filtering back into the region as the result of reintroduction programs a bit farther west.)

psweet  there does seem to be a fair number of observation of otters from both Georgia and South Carolina in iNaturalist, so maybe they held out there (or already were re-introduced) ?

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I think they've probably been there all along. They were definitely trapped out of some areas of the country, but I wouldn't be surprised if they hung on there. I know they were reintroduced into Pennsylvania back in the late '80's and early '90's, since I worked with someone who had worked on that project.

I wasn't expressing disbelief so much as jealousy -- I've no doubt that meghann has been seeing them. It just seems "wrong" that otters should be common!

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6 hours ago, psweet said:

I think they've probably been there all along. They were definitely trapped out of some areas of the country, but I wouldn't be surprised if they hung on there. I know they were reintroduced into Pennsylvania back in the late '80's and early '90's, since I worked with someone who had worked on that project.

I wasn't expressing disbelief so much as jealousy -- I've no doubt that meghann has been seeing them. It just seems "wrong" that otters should be common!

I lived in Ga for 22 years before coming to Sacramento in 2003. I did a lot of hunting down there and used to see them frequently. In north Fla where I was raised from the age of 11 to adulthood, otters were quite common there too. They must have been pockets where they survived during the trapping era. 

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