|Freshly cut cottonwood alongside the Bow River|
It made us wonder about the beaver who had a quick bite in our backyard. Was it trying to make a home here, or just passing through? Both options are possible. Beavers can live in riverbanks, without making dams and lodges, but the Lake Louise area is pretty poor habitat.
It's more likely that this was a youngster travelling through. Juvenile beavers leave their native ponds at the age of two, and can travel anywhere from ten km to 200 km to find a new home.
Bon voyage, Castor canadensis!