NW Ohio county has 1st river otter in many decades
Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:43:15 GMT —
State wildlife officials say a river otter has turned up in a part of northwest Ohio for the first time in nearly 100 years.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife says the male otter was recently captured by a trapper along the Auglaize River in Putnam County, near the community of Cloverdale.
Officials say in a news release that river otters have now been found in two-thirds of the state's counties, following a program that reintroduced the species to Ohio in the late 1980s and early `90s.
The otters are native to the state but were extinct in Ohio by the early 20th century.
The river otter in Putnam County was caught in a raccoon snare that doesn't kill the animals. But it drowned in flooding on the Auglaize.