Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Otter Pops

How sad is this? People in Eugene Oregon are so used to not seeing river otters (Lutra canadensis) in their wetlands, they though recent sightings must have been nutria (Myocastor coypus). Luckily, as reported by the Corvalis Gazette-Times, it turns out that river otters really have returned to the Amazon Creek, possibly due to recent restoration efforts in Eugene's wetland habitats. Even better news: one was spotted eating a baby nutria ;-).


Jennifer Forman Orth said...

Which part? The part where Oregonians don't even know what a river otter looks like, or the part where the river otter eats a baby nutria?

Jennifer Forman Orth said... about explaining why Chris? I think it is sad if people in Eugene mistake river otters for nutria, especially if it is because all they have ever seen are nutria. There is something to be said for being able to appreciate your natural heritage, no?

I'm with Alan, too - I have to admit that thinking of otters eating nutria brought a smile to my face.

Donwatcher said...

Just like the Lake Erie water snakes eating the invading Round Goby's. Yay otters.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I was the person interviewed and they got the story all wrong. It was a nutria that ate the otter.