Beavers take up residence at a Concord office park

  • One of the two beavers swims in the pond outside the Lincoln Financial headquarters (below) in Concord Thursday. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • One of the two beavers swims in the pond outside the Lincoln Financial headquaters in Concord on Thursday, September 24, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • One of the two beavers basks in the sunshine in the pond outside the Lincoln Financial headquaters in Concord on Thursday, September 24, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • One of the two beavers swims in the pond outside the Lincoln Financial headquaters in Concord on Thursday, September 24, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • One of the two beavers swims in the pond outside the Lincoln Financial headquaters in Concord on Thursday, September 24, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • One of the two beavers swims in the pond outside the Lincoln Financial headquaters in Concord on Thursday, September 24, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 9/25/2020 4:50:19 PM

A pair of beavers have moved into an artificial pond in an office park on Granite Plaza in Concord, but that doesn’t mean they’ve suddenly developed an affection for parking lots.

“I would see it as probably being young beavers looking for new territories. … They can travel quite a bit, explore quite a few areas,” said Becky Suomala, a biologist with New Hampshire Audubon.

The pair were spotted this week swimming outside the offices of Lincoln Financial Group. It’s not clear how long they’ve been there or whether they’ll stay.

“If they’re finding food there, it might be some place they do try and set up housekeeping, but they could just move along if they haven’t got enough food,” said Suomala.

The pool is not far from Wood Brook, which connects to the nearby Merrimack River.

Young beavers stay with their parents for the first year of life, so these would probably be beavers who were born in 2019 and have recently set out on their own.

It’s possible that the current drought has reduced the number of aquatic options for the pair, leading them to try out this unlikely spot.




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