Your police log on July 8 noted that police “responded to reports of a distressed beaver on Main Street. … Police guided the animal back into the Otter Creek.”
Some years ago — perhaps 2007 — the Independent had a similar report, although in that case, the police reportedly “escorted” the beaver back to Otter Creek.
Could it possibly have been the same beaver? Seems unlikely. Are beavers naturally curious, or do they simply have wanderlust?
Three cheers for the state of nature in Middlebury.