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Beavers are famous as engineers but their siting skills are often overrated. They are like people — some are smarter than others. Many beaver dams are washed away or broken because the beavers picked a bad location. Often they could avoid much labor merely by moving a short distance up or down stream. Yet once the beavers start to build no other spot will do. And whatever the location, it’s their persistence that gets the job done.

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