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Develop With Care - Mountain Beaver

Mountain Beavers are actually not beavers, but a primitive rodent found in the Fraser Valley and the southern Cascade Mountains of British Columbia. Theyget their name from their habit of cutting small limbs off trees, although they also feed on herbaceous plants, ferns, and shrubs. Mountain Beavers are primarilynocturnal and spend most of their time underground, where they build complex tunnel systems in deep, moist soils. After foraging above ground, they cut plants into smaller sections before bringing them into the burrow for eating, caching, or use as nesting material.

Develop With Care 2012 Factsheet #18 Mountain Beaver

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