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Old 08-30-2010   #51
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Me, ignorant new rafter, kept seeing these little weasel looking things on the Poudre this summer. They didn't move like muskrats, though similar size. Way too small for a river otter, but otter-like right? Turns out they are a family of minks that must have escaped and taken up residence on the Poudre! Cool.

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Old 08-30-2010   #52
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Big Thompson River Mink

We sometimes have minks here on the Big Thompson - dark brown fur, weasel-looking - there was a family a couple of years ago, but haven't seen any this year. They spend time on the river bank, but also in the woodpile and rocks.

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Old 08-30-2010   #53
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Lots of otters, beaver and what I think are muskrats in Flaming. Saw a ma and pa(?) otter feeding the kids. Ma & Pa would work the eddy line, bring up a nice trout and hand it off to one of the kids, who would loll on their back in the eddy with the trout on their belly. very cool. The water is so clear there I could see how fast ma and pa could swim after trout. Too stunned to grab the camera. Also saw one huge one mawing a huge trout on a rock in the C section in Swallow canyon on the way to Lodore. Then I saw something swimming on the surface near dusk, seemed too big to be a muskrat, too small to be an otter and definetly not a beaver. I don't know what it was. It was in the b section of Flaming. Any ideas?
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Old 08-31-2010   #54
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River Otter's In Colorado

Saw 2 in the water in the Ruby Horsethief section below Black Rocks. Mid May 2010

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Old 10-12-2010   #55
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River Otters in Colorado: one of our fishing guides saw an otter with a fish in its mouth, and we see one or two on occasion chasing each other and chattering their way downstream. Location: Big Thompson 6 miles downstream from Olympus dam.
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Old 10-12-2010   #56
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Minks maybe?

Was solo boating Bridges (Poudre) about 2 weeks ago and saw a furry 'minkie' looking creature in the water about 100 yards above the take-out wave, river right. Initially it was swimming in the water, like an otter would be, then it made it to the bank, ran part way up then under some downed branches and logs. It was about the size of a very large house-cat, dark smooth looking fur, and swam super fast. Not sure what it was but it was kinda cool.

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Old 10-12-2010   #57
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Otters are much larger than a house cat. Were up to 5 south of Delta on the Unc. Mostly eating crayfish.
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Old 10-12-2010   #58
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i saws 3 a few weeks ago near takeout beach on the moab daily section of the colorado.
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Saw three otters this morning in the Dolores River ten miles north of Dolores. I do have a pic.
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