tim ! my brother , i extend to you the ancient beaver salute of the chippowa ,mandan and potowatami nations . to a fellow outdoorsman ,hunter and conservatioist of americas greatest natural resource , the beaver. i agree that we tamper with natures balence sheet at our peril . in europe , look whats happened to the numbers of frenchmen and sadly, beavers now that we have disarmed the froggies greatest natural enemy , the german . huge herds of rude , arrogant and poorly bathed gauls wearing net tank tops and puffing cigarettes roam at will through city ,town and countryside consuming vast quantities of wine , cheese and baguettes while constantly pestering female tourists from the usa ,comonwealth ,scandinavia ,asia and even eastern europe . this they do without regard for age ,weight ,hairstyle or hygene .swarming down on tour busses like locusts from the old testament .this and their gallic lust for furry beaver pelts is all consuming . is this really what we had in mind when we thoughtlessly caged and emasculated the free roaming teutonic wulf ? so that frogs could prey on hapless beavers and vactioning schoolmarms with out any restraint . will the EU never take action to protect these soft furry little mammals from the wine soaked tongues of the chauvanistic snail eaters . tim ,im glad to meet a fellow beaver scout , like you i love and cherish a fine peice of pelt . here in the west coast we mostly eat beaver sashimi style .and though have enjoyed it lightly sunburned , i have never tried it BBQ style , being an old school kinda guy , i prefer it with the fur still on , though i admit those tiny loose hairs do sometimes get caught in the back of ones throat . this is why man invented beer ,of course . here in the usa, beavers were once nearly hunted and trapped to extinction .according to history books , this was done because men in urban america and europe liked to wear "beaver hats " . now , while i admit that beavers are in their own way , fascinating and beautiful , i cant imagine any self respecting man , even if he is french , wearing one on his head .i have never seen a actual photo or sketch of a so called "beaver hat "and i have my doubts as to the validity of this storie . the palace gaurds at buckingham and the don cossacks wear giant furry hats but they certainly bear no resemblance to any beaver i have ever seen . what i do know for a fact is that ,in the early 19th century , swarms of frenchmen in canoes from canada and louisiana paddled up and down every creek ,river and brook in north america .and , lets face it , frenchmen practically invented eating beaver and its a well known fact that the frenchies will drop whatever they are doing if they catch even the faintest wiff of beaver . the great rivers of france may have lots of carp ,sqawfish and chub but where are all the beavers today ? look whats happened to the beaver populations in all the rivers of europe since 1945 when we so foolishly disarmed the jackbooted grayclad germanic hordes who used to sweep down through the ardennee every twenty years and cull millions of frenchmen . as the great bismark once said " sheissen die frogginmensch undt saevisch die beevirbitcsh " lucky for us in america the indian tribes of the ohio and missisippi valleys dicovered the french trappers and after the "french and indian wars" , the snail eaters were forced by the tribes back up into quebec . the north american beaver populations recovered, thank god , and like most american men much of my youth was devoted to " beavercraft " ,the art and science of the detection ,pursuit and capture of these wiley , evasive and often unpredictable furry little foes . a nice late model car ,sharp snug fitting clothes ,snake skin cowboy boots and a full wallet are all the tools a simple beaver scout really needs . i admit though , that while being old , overweight and out of shape has lessened my abilitys at sniffing out and catching the swift young ,open range beaver i often enjoyed in my youth , i still have some success in catching the older , heavier and less wary creatures . of course , now with modern hunting pressure , i try to practice "catch and release " to help preserve this important fishery for future generations of beaver enthusiasts . remember guys , as the noted naturalist john muir ,once said " save the redwoods , eat lottsa beaver " its healthy ,good for the enviornment and good exercise too!