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A Devoted Single Beaver Father Does It All

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I hope this touching story makes your day as it did mine. A single male beaver called "Dad" living near Martinez, California is raising his 3 children on his own. Dad's mate died after getting a bad infection and he was left to care for their three young

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Lydia S (155)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 11:44 pm
An excellent Dad ! Humanity should have such instinctive parenting .

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Monday June 25, 2012, 1:20 am
What a sweet guy !!! :)
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. (0)
Monday June 25, 2012, 6:31 am
the great "Dad" did a far better job than the one in which many human fathers and
certainly not beavers, they can not.
beautiful story thx u for sharing Simone

paul m (93)
Monday June 25, 2012, 6:56 am

Nice one ,,,Thanks..

Bette M (91)
Monday June 25, 2012, 8:04 am
The first half of what is posted below is a bit boring. However, stick with it until you get to the 2nd half which is very very funny.

Reply to:
GRAND RAPIDS MI 49503-2341
INTERNET: http://www.deq.state.mi us
December 17, 1997

Mr. Ryan DeVries
2088 Dagget
Pierson, MI 49339

Dear Mr. DeVries:

SUBJECT: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023-1 T11N, R10W, Sec. 20, Montcalm Count-,),

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent
unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity: Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department's files show that no permits have been issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301,. Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated.

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially, failed during a recent rain event, causing debris dams and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all unauthorized activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the strewn channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 1998. Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff.

Failure to comply with this request, or any further unauthorized activity on the site, may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action.

We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

David L. Price
District Representative
Land and Water Management Division
cc: LWMD, Lansing
Pierson Township
Lieutenant Mary C. Sherzer, DNR LED


Stephen and Rosalind Tvedten
2530 Hayes Street
Marne, MI 49435-9751
616-677-1262 Fax

David L. Price
District Representative
Land and Water Management Division
Grand Rapids District Office
State Office Bldg., 6th Floor
350 Ottawa, N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2341

Dear Mr. Price:

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N, R10W, Sec 20; Montcalm County

Your certified letter dated 12/17/97 has been handed to me to respond to. You sent out a great deal of carbon copies to a lot of people, but you neglected to include their addresses. You will, therefore, have to send them a copy of my response.

First of all, Mr. Ryan DeVries is not the legal landowner and/or contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan - I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, nor authorize their dam project, I think they would be highly offended you call their skillful use of natural building materials "debris". I would like to challenge you to attempt to emulate their dam project any dam time and/or any dam place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no dam way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your dam request the beavers first must fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity, my first dam question to you is: are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers or do you require all dam beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, please send me completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated. My first concern is - aren't the dam beavers entitled to dam legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said dam representation - so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.

The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing dam flooding is proof we should leave the dam Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names. If you want the dam stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition - contact the dam beavers - but if you are going to arrest them (they obviously did not pay any dam attention to your dam letter -- being unable to read English) - be sure you read them their dam Miranda first. As for me, I am not going to cause more dam flooding or dam debris jams by interfering with these dam builders. If you want to hurt these dam beavers - be aware I am sending a copy of your dam letter and this response to PETA. If your dam Department seriously finds all dams of this nature inherently hazardous and truly will not permit their existence in this dam State - I seriously hope you are not selectively enforcing this dam policy - or once again both I and the Spring Pond Beavers will scream prejudice!

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their dam unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam right than I to live and enjoy Spring Pond. So, as far as I and the beavers are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more dam elevated enforcement action now. Why wait until 1/31/98? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no dam way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real environmental quality (health) problem; bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the dam beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not careful where they dump!)

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.


Stephen L.Tvedten

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.


Past Member (0)
Monday June 25, 2012, 8:10 am

protect life, prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Past Member (0)
Monday June 25, 2012, 8:12 am
way to go Dad !!

loved the letter bette m.

Constance F (418)
Monday June 25, 2012, 8:20 am
Thank you ! Both Dad's story and Stephen L. Tvedten letter were immensely enjoyable ! All hail the great dam Beavers !

Kathleen Pfeiffer (8)
Monday June 25, 2012, 8:31 am
Lovely story! Fathers in nature often come up to the plate. I've seen it in many species.

Christeen A (371)
Monday June 25, 2012, 8:55 am
What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. Go beaver dad go.

Donna B (36)
Monday June 25, 2012, 9:04 am
How wonderful. Really made my day. Thx Simone!

Donna B (36)
Monday June 25, 2012, 9:13 am
@Bette Did you post those letters? TOO funny!! Really enjoyed them. Have a nice "Dam" day!!

Danielle W (3)
Monday June 25, 2012, 10:08 am
So sweet, brings tears to my eyes!

Bette M (91)
Monday June 25, 2012, 10:32 am
Donna.....Yes I did. Hve no idea where I found
it for it has been a very long time ago.
I just kept it all this time.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Donna B (36)
Monday June 25, 2012, 10:40 am
@Bette Hoping you have a nice day. Thx so much for making me laugh on this dreary, windy, and rainy day in Florida!!

Lucy Bell (9)
Monday June 25, 2012, 12:14 pm
Aaaw, I'm sad that the beaver was so hurt when his mate died, but as for humans, life goes on. I'm sure his children will become great beavers with such a good education

Sandi C (98)
Monday June 25, 2012, 12:24 pm
What a good dad!

Virginia Esquer (8)
Monday June 25, 2012, 12:26 pm
animals teach us so much, how to be better parents without a parenting book on hand. amazing creatures i always say this animals and creatures are here for a purpose that is why god put them here to show things we don't know we learn from them.

Aimee A (177)
Monday June 25, 2012, 1:41 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting!

Cristins Calloni (0)
Monday June 25, 2012, 2:09 pm
That father are an example of fatherhood!!

michelle t (41)
Monday June 25, 2012, 2:37 pm
Thanks Simone.He is a devoted Father

Roseann d (178)
Monday June 25, 2012, 2:39 pm
Awww. my friend who lives in Martinez will love this. I didn't even know they had beavers there.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Monday June 25, 2012, 3:58 pm
Truly a loving DAD! the videos are just one more affirmation that animals do have feelings. We need to realize that we humans are not the only one's that are blessed with being able to have loving feelings.

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday June 25, 2012, 4:11 pm
Another fine example of how tiny the brains of politicians are compared to ordinary citizens - or beavers!

janet f (29)
Monday June 25, 2012, 5:16 pm
I hope he had a wonderful Father's Day with many more to come.

Regina P (67)
Monday June 25, 2012, 5:38 pm
What a great dad. I am sorry I didnt hear about this sooner as this is only 10 minutes from where I live.
Thanks Simone

Michelle K (3)
Monday June 25, 2012, 5:43 pm
What a touching story.

Mary T (178)
Monday June 25, 2012, 7:20 pm
Thanks Simone, Just goes to show you again that animals are smarter then some humans, Great story and a wonderful dad the beaver is.

Dianne Lane (39)
Monday June 25, 2012, 9:19 pm
Thanks so much for the story! It made me cry but it was happy tears! People could learn so much from the creatures on earth if they would only take the time to watch and listen. Animals think with their hearts! I sure wish people would!

Shan D (49)
Monday June 25, 2012, 10:44 pm
This wonderful beaver dad puts many human fathers to shame.

Julia R (296)
Monday June 25, 2012, 11:06 pm
This beaver dad can teach many human dads the importance of caring for your young as they need to learn both survival and coping skills so that they can successfully carry on the next generation of beavers!

Cindy B (61)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:05 am
Love the beavers! Just one more e.g. of the caring and intelligent nature of animals (which none of us need to be told!)

If you dig around on their site, you'll come to a video of the beaver pups -- and it's the best! Ooh, so cute! They had to be rescued because mom was no more, and they needed milk. Sooo cute, swimming around in a bathtub and nursing from bottles! Then, of course, they were returned to their home.

Aino Viita (0)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 4:45 am
Good Dad.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 7:14 am
Sorry to hear that its mate died.

He is doing a better job then alot of human dad's.

Kathleen R (138)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 7:40 am
noted & read

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 8:51 am
its touching but also bring tears to my eyes just to see how the mother died. !!!!!!!!!!!!! the father is great!!!! i wish to know why she had died , the foto look very sad.

Rebecca Cowart (0)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 9:10 am
NOTED.....such a great dad.....I just wish some humans would realize that animals also have feelings and love....we could all learn so very much from them if we would just stop and take notice!!!!!!

Isabelle J (81)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 10:04 am

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 10:11 am
Bravo for Beaver Dad. I hope the family does well.

Barbara E (63)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:28 pm
You were night Simone this was a very touching story :) Thanx

Robert Hardy (68)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:54 pm
I am most surprised about how humans are surprised by animals that show more care and compassion for the offspring the many humans do.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 2:26 am
Thanks for posting.

Bob P (394)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 5:42 pm

Dianne D (490)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 12:52 pm
God Bless his soul and God Bless the souls of all the animals. This guy really stepped up to the plate.
There are a lot of people need to take lessons from this guy.
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