Beaver Attacks and Kills Man

Guest post by Jenna Wootton

A recent story by The Associated Press is a great reminder to keep your distance from wildlife, no matter how big or small.

According to reports, a fisherman in Belarus, who was hoping to get a photo with a beaver, was brutally attacked.

The unnamed fisherman was driving with friends toward a lake west of Minsk when he spotted the beaver and pulled over for a shot next to it. When he reached out to grab the rodent, it reportedly bit him several times. The beaver’s sharp teeth managed to slice through one of the 60-year-old’s major arteries, causing him to bleed to death.

While this man is the only person known to have died from a beaver attack in Belarus, according to the Star, the region has seen a string of injuries from encounters with beavers this year.

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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