Utah Asks Public for Help Spotting Elusive River Otters

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The state's Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) put out a call Monday asking Utah residents to report any sightings of the animals whose numbers in the state are still unknown.

"River otters are important because they are an indicator of how healthy the aquatic environment is around Utah," DWR non-game mammals coordinator Kim Hersey said in Monday's announcement. "They have a low tolerance for polluted water and require an abundant prey population. Knowing where they are located around the state is vital to helping us manage this species. Anglers and other river recreationists are on the water a lot and can help us understand the distribution of otters throughout the state by reporting any sightings."

The agency is asking anyone who sees an otter or signs of an otter such as tracks and feces to send a photo or video along with a location to utahotters@gmail.com

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