Winston Churchill once described Russia as a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Here we have a dilemma, wrapped in a controversy, inside a trap. Beavers are dilemmas to many wildlife lovers here.

The animals are attracted to rural ponds that catch rain run-off and provide an extra resource for fire truck pumpers where there are no hydrants. If only beavers would act like muskrats in the ponds. But, most beavers seem unable to leave alone any culvert that channels water under unpaved country roads; they industriously damn the culverts and flood the roads.

In less sensitive times, this furry fellow would have been part of someone’s outrageous hat by now. Today, however, he is trapped humanely and chauffeured to a wetland paradise. (Brooklin, Maine)