Hitching a ride: North American river otters at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Published 6:53 pm Sunday, February 19, 2023
North American river otters (Lontra canadensis) are playful creatures, swimming around and over and under each other and sometimes even hitching a ride.
Otters can be found all across North Carolina – including Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge where these were photographed – but there was a time in the 1800s and early 1900s that fur trappers had just about wiped them out.
Conservation efforts helped restore the population to a current healthy level, noted USFWS.