Beaver ambles along Charlottetown street

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Nigel Armstrong
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Taylors photograph wayward beaver on Maple Ave.

Luke and Krystle Taylor were driving home down Maple Avenue in the heart of Sherwood Saturday when they saw a most fantastic sight.

Ambling along the road, crossing over the road, was a beaver.

"It was kind of unusual," said Luke. "It was probably about noon time.

"We saw a man walking his dog and the dog was barking at something," said Taylor.

See full interactive map of beaver trail HERE

The object of the dog's attention was large, so they figured from a distance that it wasn't a cat.

"Once we got up close to it, we saw that it was a beaver," said Taylor. "As soon as I saw it I said 'this is crazy,' I took some photos and then I called the city."

"It was close to Woodlawn on Maple Avenue, by the (Cody Banks) Sportsplex."

They followed in the car as the beaver crossed the road to the west side of Maple, then proceeded north, wandering onto lawns, in and out of culverts.

"It went almost right up to one woman's door," said Taylor. "It looked really confused. It was wandering everywhere like it didn't know where it was."

Taylor said the area is home to many families with children and he said he believes that beavers can be vicious and attack if bothered or feel cornered.

"The city called me back on my cell phone and said stay away from it, don't go anyway near it," said Taylor.

Charlottetown city staff told the Guardian that for wildlife events, they call staff at the fish and wildlife division of the provincial government.

Staff there are tracking down the weekend reports to issue a media update on the outcome of the Sherwood beaver sighting.

"I followed the beaver up the road," said Taylor. "It was getting close to Oak Drive and a woman came out of a house with a camera and she started following it too.

"We had groceries in the car and we had to get home so the other woman took over following it and that's the last I heard of it," said Taylor.

He said there was not much vehicle traffic in the area at that time so the event didn't draw much of a crowd. A few motorists slowed down for a look, but then kept going.

"I have lived in that area for most of my life and I have never seen a beaver," said Taylor, adding that there is no waterways nearby.

NArmstrong@TheGuardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: Cody Banks

Geographic location: Maple Avenue, Charlottetown, Oak Drive

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  • gordon
    May 28, 2013 - 13:43

    Harry has been living on ellis road for the past 2 weeks. He even started to build a dam in the ditch and if you look carefully ,one can see where he was chewing on a tree. Fish and wildlife were up to look .

    • Odie
      May 29, 2013 - 13:02

      Jeez, if this story gets out (oot), it might scare away some of the Summer folks.. maybe

  • Lindsay
    May 28, 2013 - 08:26

    This is so funny ! I seen the beaver about a week ago now i was driving my boyfriend to work and on my way home he was hanging out in the ditch across the street from my house. i had no idea what it was and when i parked the car and walked over to see the bugger was gone, on friday my neighbour called over my dad and was showing him the beaver he had been hanging out in the wet ditch then in his back yead with the trees. the beaver is HUGE like an over weight cat. but i did hear that they can be very agressive if they feel threatned so if you see him keep your distance!! to funny. only on pei ! ~~

  • Mell
    May 27, 2013 - 22:28

    That's Duffy in disguise! So much for the nickel, eh!

  • Jenn
    May 27, 2013 - 21:41

    He was seen on Birch Hill Dr too, before he got scared into a Culvert...

  • MonsteR
    May 27, 2013 - 21:13

    Life in Canada..is what it is..is why we luv it here :) Go Beaver~!

  • dave anger
    May 27, 2013 - 20:02

    call him Justin

    • angelbeaver
      May 28, 2013 - 07:14

      What? No way! Horrible insult to innocent wildlife!

  • Joe Smelt
    May 27, 2013 - 19:50

    Duff the beaver, he doesn't where his home is!

    • Sharyn Mitchell
      May 28, 2013 - 09:13

      That is a great name for him.

  • His trek continued
    May 27, 2013 - 18:54

    The beaver continued onto Oak Drive through our yard and headed back through a neighbour's yard towards Kenlea Drive.

  • savannah
    May 27, 2013 - 18:36

    no way !! i saw him a couple weeks ago on ellis road just by maids. i was so unbelievably shoked to see it! i had just got my wisdom teeth taken out and thought it was just the drugs.