After what seemed like minutes, I finally took the butt of my fly rod and beat it until it left go and I could get to the bank and climb up on a fallen tree. My friend came across the river and was throwing rocks at it to try and get it away from us and it started lunging at the rocks he was throwing. Finally after multiple hits with rocks it swam off and we were able to go to Yoakum's general store to get help.
Later that day my [wife and Dave's wife] took our children to the Seneca Rocks discovery center near where the encounter happened and sure enough, this crazed beaver came right up to them and multiple other people that were standing on the walking bridge that crossed the small feeder stream. There was definitely something wrong with this animal and it ended up leaving me with 8 stitches, immunoglobulin shots, and [I] started the rabies vaccination while at Grant Memorial Hospital to which I had to have follow up ER visits for the remaining shots and a celluloses infection that spread from my knee to ankle…not to mention the few thousand dollars the entire encounter has cost me so far…_