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Old 03-22-2010   #11
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Pine Martin are the weasel type animal, close relative to the mink. Mean little critters keep distance.

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Old 03-22-2010   #12
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I've seen pine Martens before, and they're kind of golden brown, I'll second what you said about their attitude, they're mean little bastiges. The one's I've been seeing are solid black, and about the same size and shape as a Pine Marten. They're cute little critters.

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Old 03-22-2010   #13
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Idiot here again...a little bit of help needed from our wildlife biologists. What is an easy way to tell the difference between a river otter, beaver, muskrat and any other swimming creature while they are swimming? (other than kill it...
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Old 03-22-2010   #14
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Huh? Have to keep my eye out on the blue and see if I can spot one. Might just be the motivation I need to get out as soon as the ice off occurs....not to mention big rainbows!!
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Old 03-22-2010   #15
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Don't think I' ve seen otters in Co. but there are muskrats right by Union and So.Platte town run,seen em' in Cherry Creek too.A huge beaver got all aggressive at my T-Canyon, like 10 years ago, surfing some riffles on Cherry right by Monaco.He would surface and slap his tail down real hard ,actually made contact with my boat.

Beavers are way bigger than the other two.Otters are longer than muskrats.Muskrats have bare flat tails ,like a skinny beaver tail.

Saw some critter that was either a mink or a fisher on Mesa Canyon,looked like a big heavily furred cat but with more of a snout and pink nose,kind of a cinnamon color.
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I've regularly seen a pair near Little Hole on Westwater. Every now and then I've seen one around Big Horn camp.

And then there was that amazing morning when four swam right past the ramp at the ranger station, and then cut across the river around where the parking lot starts.

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Old 03-22-2010   #17
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I have also seen them in Ruby Horse thief.

I also have seen them up in Yellowstone NP munching on trout.
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Old 03-22-2010   #18
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otter, muskrat and Beaver

I'm no wildlife biologist but I once saw an otter in the S. Platte at the Englewood Golf Course (about .5 mile north of Union). I believe they were once relocated in Bear Creek above Morrison and I guess he was lost or exploring. He was swimming like a weasel runs - with a big bow in his back. The head would come up out of the water the back would arch and tail would follow as the head submerged again. Muskrats swim with their backs exposed and theirs tails at surface of the water moving back and forth. Beavers swim with only their heads exposed and will occasionally splash when they dive.
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Old 03-22-2010   #19
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One on the Eagle above Wolcott scared the crap outta me whilst wade fishing. He floated under my line and flipped over about 8 feet from me. Seen one by Hot Sulfer too.
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Old 03-22-2010   #20
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Ive seen otters in the Fraser in Tabernash and there were many in Windng River in the park.

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