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Old 04-24-2013, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default River Otter as urban wildlife?

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Urban Species Profile:: River Otter - The Metropolitan Field Guide


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They are most common in waterways and watersheds which contain clean water with healthy fish populations. You can find them in estuaries, creeks, streams and rivers, lakes and wetlands.
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Otters are fairly easy to differentiate from Nutria with a little observation. Nutria do not have any fur on their tails. Nutria also swim differently than otters with a straight, ‘dog-paddle’ style as opposed to otters which weave, dive and are generally more agile
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River Otters are almost entirely aquatic, but unlike the Sea Otter, their dens are on land and they can be found foraging along shores and banks. They can be seen during both day and night, although are reported to adopt a more nocturnal nature in urban areas. They do not hibernate and can be seen during all seasons. Some signs of otters along a river or stream are paw prints and also slides which are little trails of mud or flattened plants.
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Otters are a good indication that local waterways are getting cleaner so hopefully we’ll see a lot more of them in cities in the future.
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