Somebody was alarmed by what she had seen near the north end of Albany’s Periwinkle Bike Path, and she wanted something done.
“Well someone is cutting down trees on Periwinkle Creek in Kinder Park,” she complained to the Albany Parks and Recreation Department via Facebook. “Look into that. There’s at least 5 trees chopped down by a vandal.”
Parks and Recreation replied: “Actually that vandal is a beaver. He doesn’t know any better and is building a dam. He will be relocated soon to a safe place that is more conducive to beavers.”
Parks employee Rose Lacey shared the Facebook comment and reply with Rick Barnett, the parks facilities and maintenance manager.
“We went looking for the beaver tonight,” she reported. “Saw lots of trees down and activity but no beaver.”
This is not the first report of an Oregon state mascot on this waterway, as you can see if you go back to this story on hh-today in July 2020.
What can we make of this? Well, looking on the bright side, we can be glad that despite the shopping carts, plastic bags and other trash in the channelized creek, beavers apparently still survive.
Hooray for those tough urban beavers, doing their thing in the middle of town. (hh)