Thursday, September 19, 2019

River Otter

This River Otter was one of four that Erika and I saw on Olympia’s Capitol Lake on 20 August 2019. We did not expect to see otters in a city lake. These weasels fare poorly in the face of pollution and habitat destruction. Being at the top of the food chain means that they also depend on a variety of prey items, mostly fish, but also almost anything they encounter—amphibians, mollusks, turtles, crayfish, and even small mammals. With environmental protection, otter populations are recovering across much of North America.

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