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Mountain Boomer predicts six more weeks of winter

Barlow Boomer, a Brightwood Mountain Beaver, predicted another six weeks of winter when he saw his shadow Groundhog’s Day.

“There was some dispute whether the creature actually saw its shadow because it was under a canopy, but as the weather was so nice, we argue that he saw his shadow,” Dave Fulton, an organizer of the second Mountain Boomer Day, said.

About 20 mountain residents came out for Mountain Boomer Day, taking guided trail walks through Barlow Wayside Park and doing light trail work.

“Some think this day is all about another kind of rodent made famous by Bill Murray in the movie ‘Groundhog Day,’" Mitch Williams, a Barlow Wayside Park mover and shaker, said. “In fact, Feb. 2 began in England as Hedgehog Day. Here we have Barlow Boomer, and we so look forward to seeing him again.”

Mountain Beavers are also known as Boomers, Ground Bears or Poor Folk’s Guinea Pigs. The Mountain Beaver doesn’t actually belong to the Beaver family but is considered a primitive rodent.