BEAVERS: Originally seen as pests, beavers were almost hunted to extinction in the 1800s. Luckily, the numbers have rebounded and beaver protectors are reintroducing the animals into parts of nature in need of a little regulation. The gnawing and damming behavior of beavers has many benefits to the Earth. These animals help prevent floods, droughts and forest fires.
American Beaver (Castor canadensis). While I have never actually seen one, they are native to Connecticut and are vital to aquatic ecosystems. Do not feed or pet. And since this board is for educational purposes and is intended to be family friendly, no tasteless jokes in the comments please.