Gene Blackman River Otters (1)aa

Photos by Gene Blackman

River otters (Lontra canadensis) are renowned for their sense of fun, and a family has been spotted playing around a log jam on the Fraser this winter.

Though not under immediate threat in Canada, they have disappeared from many of their previous territories in the US. Because they are apex predators and highly sensitive to pollution, the sight of an active otter is a good indicator of a healthy waterway ecosystem.

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