From this story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
There are some hazards that go along with fishing -- getting stuck by a hook, finned by a fish, sunburn. Getting attacked by an angry beaver is generally not considered a high risk. That's what happened, though, to an Atlanta man, who is recovering from wounds suffered when he was attacked by a beaver last week while fishing near Lake Lanier. Russ McTindal was fishing on the Chattahoochee River just below Buford Dam on Thursday when he was bitten on his leg and arm by the large beaver.
"It was attacking me," McTindal told Channel 2 Action News. "He was actually attacking me. I hadn't provoked him or anything." "I've never tried to fight off a 35-, 40-pound beaver," he said. "This was one of the biggest beavers I've ever seen." After the attack, McTindal said he was losing "a lot" of blood and used a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. McTindal is receiving rabies shots. "I know there are two things you don't mess with in the woods," he told Channel 2. "You don't mess with raccoons because they [are] mean. And you don't mess with beavers."_