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river otter


Common Name: River Otter

Scientific Name: Lutra canadensis
Diet: Fish, amphibians, turtles, crayfish and some small mammals.
Status: Species of Special Concern
Fun Fact: Indiana began releasing river otters to help restore this species to the state. The project was so successful that river otters were de-listed as state endangered and are now a species of special concern. This means that river otters are no longer listed as in danger of disappearing from the state. Being a species of special concern means that biologists will continue to monitor the species to ensure the population continues to grow.

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