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Person who hit beaver didn't take tail

Accident caused beaver's death on road near Errington just outside Parksville

An Errington resident has come clean about being the person who killed the beaver that sparked outrage when it was found last week dead in a ditch without its tail.

However, the woman — who asked not to be named — says she did not take the tail and the whole thing was just a bad accident.

"I hit it," the woman said. "I thought it was a racoon. It was pouring rain and I was on my way to work at 10:30 p.m. at night. It was a complete accident. It was in the middle of the road."

Upset, she drove home and told her husband about the incident and, two days later, reminded him to look for the raccoon she hit as he drove by.

"He came back and said it wasn't a raccoon, it was a beaver," she said. "It still had its tail. That's how we knew it was a beaver."