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SEVEN QUICK FACTS ABOUT RIVER OTTERS

leah kirk

Just so you know I do not make up this stuff up, the original version of this arrived Thursday from the National Forest Foundation. I did add to their news release.

ENHANCED COATS

Due to the frequency otters are in and out of the water, their fur needs to withstand wet and dry. Water repellent fur helps keeps them warm and dry. Although quite expensive otters gloves are available.

HOW LONG CAN YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH?

Otters can stay underwater for eight minutes. This is helpful know if you trap an otter in a wire trap.  When submerging the cage underwater, go get a cup of coffee and bagel. Come back half an hour after to retrieve the trap and remove the corpse.

EXPERT SWIMMERS

As a sometimes aquatic creature, it shouldn’t be a surprise that otters can swim up to seven miles per hour and dive down 60 feet. Shooting otters is most easily accomplished when they are out of the water. Otherwise you just never know.

A VARIED DIET

It’s no surprise that otters love to fish, but they’re also partial to amphibians, turtles, and crayfish. Of course, they do. Once a stream is depleted by of trout or bass, why not kill off its secondary residents.

A ONE PARENT OPERATION

Fathers do not play a role in parenting. Females will go to their underground den to deliver anywhere from one to six young. At about two months, they’re pushed in the water and made to swim. Even the momma otter is not fond of the bastards.

 SLIDING IS A THING

In the winter, otters have found the easiest and perhaps most fun way to get around is by sliding. After a few bumps, they can slide up to 22 feet on the ice. In warmer times, you may also see otters sliding down a riverbank. The perfect set for using a .222 to dispatch these trout eating vermin.

BY LAND AND BY SEA

Otters thrive on land and in the water. Whether it’s a lake, river, swamp or estuary, otters like a mix of land and water. They can be found throughout North America and our National Forests. Loveable, eh?

 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:

Defenders of Wildlife

National Geographic

The Nature Conservancy

Tell ‘em Southern Trout said howdy, and to be sure to Eat More Otters