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The ExpeditionMarias River
Soft Gold - Fur
Beaver Plew

Good Haul

Photo: Large Beaver

Photo courtesy of Dean Hellinger

hese two beavers were trapped in Marias River country sometime in the 1940s. The second-heaviest rodent in the world, a beaver can weigh as much as 66 pounds.1 The one on the right may not have been a record, but it could well have raised the average.

--Joseph Mussulman

1. The heaviest is the capybara, of South America, which can weigh in at 146 pounds.
Soft Gold - Fur
Beaver Plew

From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)