Beaver tail is said to taste like roast beef.
The skeleton of a Pleistocene giant beaver was unearthed by construction workers in 1938 in St. Paul, Minnesota. It would have been about 8 feet long and weighed over 450 pounds.
Beaver was formerly hunted for its meat, in addition to its fur.
The Catholic church classed beaver meat the same as water fowl, which meant it could be eaten during Lent.
Because of its scaly tail, in 1760 the Faculty of Divinity in Paris classified beaver as a fish, meaning it could be eaten during Lent and other fast days.
In France beaver meat was made into pate and preserves.
Beaver tail was considered a delicacy by American colonists.
The Beaver (Castor canadensis) was designated as the Official Animal of Oregon in 1969.
The Beaver (Castor canadensis) was designated as the Official State Animal of New York in 1975.