Beaver takes shopping trip inside Alaska hardware store

May 17, 2015, 4:30 AM

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A beaver walked into an Alaska hardware store on Friday, but couldn’t find anything for his lodge.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/6oWIqo) the beaver triggered the automatic doors and walked into Lowe’s about 7 a.m. Friday.

Employees trapped the beaver with a cardboard box in the plumbing department. A state wildlife biologist was called.

Ton Hollis says he’s used to wake-up calls about “a bear in town or an ornery moose or something, but this was a little different.”

Hollis released the beaver into the Tanana River, far enough from town where it won’t be a nuisance.

Lowe’s assistant manager Adam Vanhoveln says the beaver didn’t cause too much of a commotion, and it didn’t reach the lumber department.

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Beaver takes shopping trip inside Alaska hardware store