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Trapped beaver rescued from Sturgeon River

A male beaver who was recently rescued from a drainage culvert on the Sturgeon River makes his way back down to the water after being released near Butterfield Crescent by members of Wild Rescue on Tuesday.

A beaver had to be rescued after it got trapped behind a grit interceptor in the Sturgeon River.

On Saturday afternoon, the fire department and Wild North, a wildlife rescue group, had to pull a beaver out of a sectioned off area of the Sturgeon River.

Three young boys alerted the authorities after they noticed the beaver was trapped in an area just off of Butterfield Crescent.

Two mature beavers swam into the area when the water was high, but when the water level dropped they found themselves stuck inside the interceptor.

The larger of the two beavers stood on top of the other and was able to pull itself over the wall to freedom. The second beaver found himself alone with no escape plan.

The three boys returned to the scene three days later and saw that the beaver was still stuck in the interceptor. It was curled up in the corner on a small raised area.

Spectator Kathryn Morrow said that a large crowd gathered, mostly young kids, to watch the beaver get pulled out of the interceptor.

“I was excited. Everyone was excited. It was a pretty amazing thing to watch,” Morrow said.

The fire department arrived and had to lower a firefighter into the water to lift the rodent to freedom. After the crowd had a look at him, the beaver was transported to the Wild North building, an animal rescue and rehabilitation facility, where he was medically assessed.

Dale Gienow, rescue manager of Wild North, said that the beaver had no long term medical problems but was a little disoriented and weak after being trapped for three and a half days.

Gienow said that the duo were likely mated partners and live in a dam near the area. Based on their size and maturity, he expects they share their home with some kits.

After passing his physical, the beaver was released back into the water near the area he was trapped on Tuesday morning.

St. Albert Public Works is working to seal up the area so the beavers will not be trapped again.

Gienow said that anyone who sees any animal in distress can call the Wild North hotline 780-914-4118.

Jennifer Henderson: Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.