Canada On Alert For Northern Fanged Beavers
Story by Frank Woodman
(Canadian Press) - Reuters
The Federal government in Ottawa yesterday announced that the southern migration of the Labrador fanged beaver is quickly reaching the point where drastic measures may have to be implemented re public safety and awareness. For those who are not familiar with the Labrador Fanged Beaver, this species is exclusive to Canada, and up until March of last year, their habitat was primarily northern Labrador and certain regions of northern Quebec. They can grow to be as long as 8 feet and the male can weigh up to 172 pounds. The female is said to be the more dangerous of the species, and both male and female grow razor sharp front teeth – fangs, if you will, that are used in attacks. And what is alarming the Canadian public is that the beavers, very aggressive by nature, are launching attacks against humans.
Canadian wildlife experts admit they are puzzled by the human attacks. “The Labrador Fanged Beaver is known to be strictly vegetarian by nature, and like raccoons, are inherently shy around people. We cannot explain as to why they have suddenly lost their fear of humans, but this appears to be the case”, claimed Rene Joseph Charpentier, associate director of the Ministry of Wildlife in Ottawa, and a professor of zoology at Ottawa’s Carleton University. “Needless to say, we are monitoring this alarming situation very closely”. So closely, in fact, that zoology experts from the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and zoology experts from Scandinavia have been called in to quickly determine what methods may be implemented to eradicate the southern swath of terror of the Labrador Beaver.
Indeed, it would appear that there is in fact due cause for alarm, contrary to what Prime Minister Paul Martin’s government is stating. To date, 15 Canadians, all residing in southern areas of Labrador as well as areas in northern Quebec have been attacked by the Labrador Beaver, four of whom remain in hospital with serious injuries. Local police and paramedics have assured the public there is no cause for alarm, but many Quebecers aren’t convinced. “These Beavers, they move fast, and my neighbour, she was attacked last week while waiting for the bus after shopping”, said St. Jerome, Quebec resident Georges Ducharme, 55. “The beavers came out of the forest, five of them, and they moved fast to her. She don’t have the time to react or to run. First they eat her groceries, then they attack her with their big teeth. Many people here are very scared, very scared. It’s like something out of a monster movie.” Many residents of towns and villages in the area where the attacks have occurred are now extremely cautious when venturing outdoors, especially after sundown, when it would appear the Labrador Beaver is more inclined to attack, as this species, like cats, are nocturnal by nature.
While the motive for the human attacks remain unanswered, Canadian wildlife experts have ascertained that the sudden move south by the Labrador Beaver may in fact be caused by global warming in their normal realm of existence. In short, the Labrador Fanged Beaver is literally starving, and changes in the eco-system in Labrador and northern regions of Quebec may in fact be the chief cause for their southward travels. Experts claim if the situation is not brought under control, the Labrador Fanged Beaver, with their newly acquired aggressive and dangerous behaviour, may be expected to reach Quebec City by August , and Montreal and Ottawa by late September. “These creatures
are exceedingly fast swimmers, due to their enourmous size and incredible muscle tone”, claims Nicole Haultron of Dalhousie University. “It has been recorded and noted that this species can swim up to speeds of 14 kms an hour. We know for a fact that they are utilizing the vast and expansive Canadian river system as their primary mode of migrating south. They could easily reach areas as far south as Toronto and Windsor by October or November of this year”.
As stated, the office of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has remained strangely quiet on this serious issue, which has wildlife experts alarmed. “They don’t seem to understand how serious this situation is. It’s as though the recent drama in Ottawa with Belinda Stronach has blinded them to this very serious threat to the Canadian people. How many lives need be lost before your government wakes up and deals with this?” exclaimed Danish zoologist Lars Jensen, 44, who flew in from Copenhagen to assist the Canadian wildlife team assembled. “If we cannot stop the Labrador Beaver from moving south and their obvious threat to Canadians, military action, intervention, may be required”, said one source who wished to remain anonymous.