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Old 03-22-2010   #1
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River Otters in Colorado: Seen Any?

The picture inspired me. According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, they are making a comeback in the Upper C, the Dolores, South Platte, Green, Gunnison, and the Piedra Rivers. Has anyone actually seen one? If so, where and when? Apparently they were reintroduced in the state starting back in 1976, and are making a healthy comeback, but I've heard of more mountain lion sightings than otters, and lions are way more secretive...

Pics would be cool...

Dude, I'd see you on the river but I'm hardly ever out there.
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Old 03-22-2010   #2
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Yes, I've seen one below State Bridge on Catamount section

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Old 03-22-2010   #3
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Saw one yesterday on the Gunnison below Delta
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Old 03-22-2010   #4
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I've seen one right above Skull rapid on Westwater, technically that's in Utah but on the Colorado.
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Old 03-22-2010   #5
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I see otters once in a while. Upper C for sure, probably a few of the other float-trip types of rivers but can't remember, but I see them every year.

Never seen a mountain lion and, to be honest, not really interested in seeing one unless I'm in my raft and a long way from where I plan to camp. They are secretive and generally stay away from people, but they are also stalking ambush hunters who really don't have a problem with hunting for humans when they are hungry and that is just scary.
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Old 03-22-2010   #6
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I have seen otters a lot on the Dolores always upstream of Snag, several sightings on the upper c and one night in the Gunny Gorge we had two otters play for over an hour in the eddy our boats were in. I did jump a lion one evening while fishing Browns just before dusk. The cat was drinking river right just as you exit pinball. The cat gave a horrific scream and needless to say we didn't eddy out for a while.
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I've not seen any in Colorado, but have seen many on the Green in Flaming Gorge.
You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you. - Heraclitus of Ephesus
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Old 03-22-2010   #8
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Just saw one at the confluence of the Green and Colorado. Cat.
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Once again not in Colorado, but I've seen plenty in Cataract Canyon both on the Green and CO rivers.
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Coulda swore I saw one in the lower Blue, bottom end of BVR. It was at a distance though so i'm not quite 100% positive.

I've been seeing a lot of mink (I think they're mink) around the lower blue, upper rado, anyone else see the cute little black weasels?

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