Teen says beaver stole his hunting rifle

Nov. 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM
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MADAWASKA, Maine, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A Maine teenager said a beaver stole his rifle and dragged it underwater when he took a break from hunting to use the restroom.

Nathan Baron, a student at Madawaska High School, said he was hunting Monday near his home when he decided to pop into the house for a bathroom break, the Bangor (Maine) Daily News reported Thursday.

"I walked out of the woods and got on my four-wheeler and I went home," he said.

Baron said he returned a short time later and noticed his Remington .30-06 rifle, which he had left leaning against a tree, was missing.

He said he quickly searched the area.

"There was a stream that was running about 100 feet away from me. I look, and there's a beaver hauling that gun into the water," he said.

Baron said it was too late to rescue his rifle.

"There was nothing I could do," he said. "The gun was in the water and the beaver went under. That was it."

Baron admitted the story may seem unlikely.

"My close friends don't believe me, but all the other kids in school believe me," he said.

The teenager said he is hoping to obtain proof of the incident by getting the gun back.

"I'm trying to get my gun back," he said. "If there are beaver marks on it, I'm going to hang it on the wall of my garage [so others can come and see it]."

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