The beaver (Castor genus) is a large, semi-aquatic rodent distinct for their powerful front teeth and broad tail. Endemic to North America, they can be easily frightened but are not particularly good at detecting threats.
Beavers were widely hunted across North America for their prized pelts and castoreum, the former of which were popularly used to make fashionable hats. In the 18th century, typical methods of hunting beavers included employing snares, bait, and a bow. Owing to their small size, they were also vulnerable to poison darts.