North American River Otter
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Did You Know?
Otters are highly intelligent and social animals. They engage in playful activities that give them the skills, strength, and speed to catch fish.
River otters don’t need swimming goggles to see underwater. They have a set of clear eyelids to protect their eyes.
River otters prefer to eat non-game fish species, so in a healthy ecosystem they don’t compete with human fishermen.
The North American river otter has many natural predators but typically can avoid them by escaping quickly to a burrow or to water. Natural predators that are fast enough to prey upon otter include lynx, mountain lion, wolverine, wolves, birds of prey, and alligators.