Mamma beaver, baby nabbed trying to get inside Eagle WinCo

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Did you hear about the beaver that went into the grocery store?

No really.

A mamma beaver and its baby were captured Monday after trying to "shop" inside an Eagle area grocery store. The Ada County Sheriff's Office says the beaver and its kit tried to repeatedly walk into the WinCo store Monday morning.

The beavers were first spotted at about 6 a.m. when they were shooed away by customers, the sheriff's office said. A deputy arrived soon after and tried to get the beaver on its way with a plastic rake.

No luck. The beaver and its baby weren't moving.

Later, however, the Idaho Humane Society arrived and put them in cages. Animals in Distress officials planned to take the beavers up along Highway 21.

"There is some wonderful willow and aspen bark where they are going north of Idaho City," said Toni Hicks, a longtime volunteer with Animals in Distress.

Several ponds and canals are close to the WinCo -- prime habitat for beavers. But why they decided to try to get inside the grocery store is a head scratcher.

"I just don't know what she would have been doing (at WinCo) with her kit," Hicks said. "I can't imagine why the mother left her pond."