An 18-year-old New York trapper caught a massive 70-pound beaver on the Susquehanna River in Tioga County, New York, on the second day he ever trapped.
Bryan Lockman had snagged a 70-pound beaver.
That was last Wednesday. On the previous day, which was his first attempt at beaver trapping, Lockman nabbed a 35-pounder — two days, two catches, but nothing the next two days before taking a Christmas break.
By wildlife standards, Lockman’s catch was indeed big — even among a species listed as one of the largest-sized rodents in North America.
The average adult beaver’s weight ranges from 35 to 60 pounds — mostly around 40 to 45 pounds, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Based on weight, Dave Henderson, outdoors writer for the Press & Sun-Bulletin, said the beaver was probably living a sedentary life in peaceful water — just eating and taking it easy, so to speak.
In a state Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife newsletter, biologist Gordon Batcheller said that a 70-pound beaver is “large by any standard” and would probably be at least 4 years old.