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Posted at 2:24 p.m. PDT Tuesday, June 6, 2000

Crazed beaver terrorizes Canadian farm

WINNIPEG (Reuters) - A Canadian farm woman is still shaking after a crazed beaver attacked her two giant Newfoundland dogs named Bonnie and Billy, pinning them against a fence and savaging them.

``It pinned them. I never though beavers were capable of that,'' Sam Pshyshlak told Reuters from her Manitoba farm 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Winnipeg.

``I've lost all respect for beavers. I never would have imagined this from a beaver,'' she said of the recent incident.

She said the beaver ``terrorized'' her dogs, which weigh nearly 90 kilograms (200 pounds) each.

``There was definitely something wrong with it,'' Pshyshlak said.

The thick pelts of beavers were once Canada's main export and the flat-tailed animal has long occupied a place of honor on the country's five-cent coin. Most Canadians see them as cute and industrious but farmers often regard them as a nuisance for the dams they build and the flooding they cause.

Pshyshlak said the animal that attacked her dogs weighed about 13.5 kilograms (30 pounds) and tore at Billy's leg and face.

``In the shed, the whole floor was pooled with blood,'' she said.

Pshyshlak said conservation authorities said they would try to trap the animal, although she said she hasn't seen hide nor hair of the beaver since the attack occurred.

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