A beaver trapped in Tempe Town Lake has been rescued.  Arizona Game and Fish spokeswoman Amy Burnett says a large beaver was spotted in a corner of Tempe Town Lake and Southwest Wildlife was called to the rescue.  She says, “we don’t think he could have gotten out on his own, he looked real lethargic and

like he might be sick or injured.”  Southwest Wildlife trapped the beaver with a net and transported him by a large dog carrier for evaluation.  Beavers are known vegetarians that eat grass and plant matter, but this beaver was forced to eat garbage and fish that had floated by him from the lake. Burnett says it’s unusual to see a beaver in Tempe Town Lake, but notes beavers are native to the Verde and Salt River so on occasion, a beaver will swim by Tempe Town Lake and hang out for a bit.

Kris Dugan