American river otter: Give me a ring sometime
Published 8:41 am Sunday, January 19, 2020
You can’t telephone an otter, but on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, this American river otter (Lutra canadensis lataxina) could be ringing one of the nearby romp (a name used to designate a group of otters).
Otters can tread water and swim both backwards and forwards. They feed mainly on crayfish, crabs, amphibians and fish.
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. whenever volunteer staffing is available.