Angry Beaver Stops Traffic To Protest Climate Change

Only in Canada could a lost beaver create a traffic hazard.

CBC news reports that the beaver spent most of the afternoon on Tuesday roaming around the streets of Miramichi, causing traffic delays due to concerned drivers who didn't want to harm the wayward rodent.

Jim O'Neill was driving his taxi when he noticed a man being chased by a beaver off King George Highway on Tuesday.

"You look out the corner of your eye and see a beaver backing somebody up the driveway," he said.

So, O'Neill stopped the cab and took out his camera.

Snapping a few pictures, O'Neill got about 2.5 metres away from the beaver before it turned on him.

"Slapped his tail on the driveway, slapped his front feet on the ground. He came on," he said.

"So I backed up to try it again and jeez he got quite aggressive. He was camera shy."

CBC suspects that the beaver was displaced from its riverine home during recent flooding, which is a reasonable assumption. The whole region has been on "river watch" the last few weeks.

An angry beaver causing traffic jams in a small Canadian town is an amusing news item once or twice, but if things like this become more frequent - and they will as cities grow and climate changes - drivers will become less patient, and wildlife will no doubt begin to be thought of as pests in need of control, eradication, relocation, or culling.

Cities and towns are not the biodiversity wastelands we once thought they were; there's wildlife everywhere. The challenge, as human society continues to grow on our changing planet, is to come up with clever solutions to allow for more peaceful coexistence.

[CBC News]