Date: Tue Mar 29 1994 00:17:00
From: Bob Dunn
Subj: Big Beaver
The following article appeared in the 3/27/94 edition of the Lincoln
Journal and Star and is presented without comment:
BIG BEAVER TERRORIZES YACHT CLUB
Moline, Ill. (AP) - The sightings, the rippled water, a blurred
photograph. A beastly beaver terrorizing this Mississippi River city
has all the makings of the Loch Ness monster legend.
The 5-foot-long, 80-pound beaver is gnawing through marina docks and
birch trees. But no one has been able to snap a clear photo and the
beaver has eluded capture.
Some have dubbed the elusive beaver "Nessie" after the Scottish
The beaver has expensive tastes: It has chewed $1000 in damage at
Marquis Harbor Yacht Club since January. "It's pretty
well-documented," said Brian Menage, assistant manager of Captain's
Table restaurant at the marina.
Encyclopedia Britannica said the aquatic rodents usually grow only up
to 4 feet long and 60 pounds. Nessies reported heftiness makes some
"Yeah, right. The beaver that ate Moline," said visitor William Morris
Marina owner Jim Sweet carries a Polaroid photograph in his pocket of
the animal but acknowledged, "It's a little hard to discern it's a
The picture shows a tiny black smudge surrounded by what appears to be
ripples. "He's been living under the dock. He's huge ... almost looked
like a bear," Sweet said.
Tom Green, Moline's superintendent pf horticulture, said Nessies
strength has allowed it to twice escape traps. The beaver would be
taken to a pond about 15 miles east and released - if someone can