NW Ohio county has 1st river otter in many decades

River otter spotted in Northwest Ohio for first time in 100 years

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.