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Old 03-31-2010   #41
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Awesome picture Some Beech. That's how u know its an otter, they're Huge. Like Black Lab size.

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Old 03-31-2010   #42
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OK otters may be longer 1300 mm but beavers wiegh a lot more, up to a hundred lbs. with many over 50 lbs.,says otters are 14 kg,or 31 lbs.The ones I saw in Mexico were way smaller.Why am i arguing about otters? It's awesome that people are seeing so many!Saw 3 coyotes in a riparian area of Cherry two days ago,ran right by me like 15 feet away,pretty cool.

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Old 03-31-2010   #43
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Originally Posted by TakemetotheRiver View Post
I've seen several around Little D on Westwater and they are MUCH bigger than any beaver I've ever seen- an easy 5 feet from nose to tip of the tail. Beautiful, but almost scary at that size.
We spotted an otter around Little Hole, then we captured one right before Last Chance rapid.
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Old 04-01-2010   #44
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River Otter on Colorado River in Utah

I saw this river otter below Big Drop III in Sept 2007. One of my favorite moments on the river was watching this guy role in the sand slide into the river only to swim back for more sand bathing.
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Another Otter sighting.
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Old 06-20-2010   #46
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Saw quite a few river otters on the Dolores in Slickrock last year in May...quite a healthy population down there, despite the lack of free-flowing water...
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Old 07-23-2010   #47
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Saw three at the same time, south of Delta on the Uncompahgre river.
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Old 08-29-2010   #48
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I saw a pair on the Dolores in early June a few miles south of Gateway. I watched them swim and apparently "play" for about an hour. They were much bigger than I would have guessed. Sorry no pictures.
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Old 08-29-2010   #49
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Saw two in Westwater early morning last fall. Above Little D.
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On the Big Thompson below Lake Estes, we get one or two river otters a year. They pass through our property, chattering and chasing each other. We are glad they move on because we don't want them eating all the fish here.

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