BEAVER (Castor canadensis) is a large brown mammal of the order Rodentia (RODENTS) weighing up to 35 kg and inhabiting forested areas across the province, including VANCOUVER ISLAND and introduced to the QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS. Beavers spend much of their time in the water; their broad black tails are scaly and paddle-shaped, their large hind feet are webbed for swimming and their red-brown fur is insulated for warmth. Beaver fur has 2 surfaces: an outer layer of long, coarse "guard" hair and...

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