River Otters Are on the Rise in Texas

River Otters Are on the Rise in Texas

The North American river otterWith their thick, glistening manes, proclivity for play, and taste for crawfish, members of a growing southeastern species are flocking to Texas. And no, we’re not talking about recent graduates of Louisiana State University. North American river otters, which were scarce in the Lone Star State for most of the last century, are on the rebound. A recent spate of otter sightings along Texas waterways, including in downtown Houston’s Buffalo Bayou, tracks with what the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has known for a while, says Diana Foss, an urban biologist with the agency: otters are making a comeback across the state. Exact numbers are hard to come by—in part because the creatures are so elusive, and in part because the populations have been doing so well…View Original Post

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