Beaver 'at large', warns RCMP after unusual accident in Priests Pond

Quebec family lucky to have escaped injury in unusual accident caused by beaver

Jocelyne Lloyd jlloyd@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on July 29, 2014

PRIESTS POND — A Quebec couple and their two toddlers escaped injury Saturday afternoon after a tree fell on the highway, damaging the vehicle they were driving in.

The family, who was visiting P.E.I. from Quebec, was driving on Route 16 in Priests Pond, Kings County, at about 2 p.m. Saturday when the tree fell across the road in front of them.

The driver of the Toyota told Kings District RCMP that he saw the tree falling onto the roadway as he was driving but he was unable to avoid it. 

The couple were in the front seat of the vehicle, and their their one- and two-year-old children were travelling in the back seat. No one was injured.

The vehicle sustained significant damage to the roof, windshield and to a cargo box that was mounted on the roof. The vehicle was towed to a body shop for repair. 

When RCMP members examined the trunk of the tree, they saw that it had been gnawed just about all of the way through by a beaver, as had several other large trees in the area that were still standing.  Arrangements were made to have the damaged trees taken down safely.

The RCMP news release about the incident concludes with, "The beaver is still at large."