WEST LINN, Ore. -- Police helped remove a beaver from a homeowner's pond and creek in front of their West Linn home last weekend.
Kevin Harper and his family love to hang out in their driveway. He often shoots baskets with his 6-year-old son, Maverick. But last weekend a neighbor told them an aggressive beaver had lunged at a car then sneaked down into their water feature out front.
“I started looking around and I saw some paw prints over by the pond and the tree over here and we look in the pond and sure enough there he was,” said Harper. He found bite marks on his tree, too.
Harper's wife Jacque grabbed a camera when police showed up from West Linn. Officer Al Bunch used a pole with a snare to catch the animal. Officer Nick Amendolara was there for backup.
“I thought it was going to be a docile injured animal and when I had the opportunity to look at it I saw it was a fully functioning, agitated beaver," he said.
The Harpers live along the Willamette river. A plan quickly came together to release the beaver there. The animal was given a wheelbarrow ride through the back yard. Harper's six-year-old son Maverick couldn’t get enough. “It was fun to see its teeth!" young Maverick said.
After a short trip down the hill to the river, the beaver was put in a large pipe and slid down to the river's edge. “It was awesome!” said Jacque Ritchie. “Wildlife in this area? This is why we moved here," she said.
Her husband posted the entire episode on YouTube and for all his beaver friends, slowed down the final slide. “It's exciting. Never a dull moment on the river,” Harper said.