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New postPosted: October 6th, 2011, 9:40 am 
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I was back by False Bayou just enjoying the early morning view when a swimming creature poked its head out of water. It was some distance away so I couldn't see it clearly but my first thought was that it was a large cat as I saw whiskers and it made that "eh, eh, eh, eh" noise my house-cat sometimes makes when spotting a lizard through a window. Watched the creature swim up and down the bayou for some time and caught glimpses of its fairly thick, tapered tail. It would dive under and appear again some fifty or 75 feet away. It would look at me when it came up for air. My guess is that it was 2 1/2 to 3 feet long.

Had to go google to try to find out what I had seen. Nutria? No, nutrias have a thin rat-like tail. I'm convinced now that it was a River Otter -- commonly found throughout Louisiana, according to websites and online forums. It's strange, however, that I've never seen one before -- whenever I'm in the country I take a walk back by the bayou several times a day. I'll keep an eye out for an otter from now on.

Anybody here ever see an otter in the wild in Louisiana?

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Never seen one, not even by Bayou La Loutre in The Parish.


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We swim in the False River often. We jump in off the deck of the boat to cool off. If a river otter appears next to me while I'm in there, you'll hear me screaming from your house! :D


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We used to see them all the time before hurricane juan. Since juan, we only see them in a few places.

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They were all over Plaquemine Parish back in the old days. They were still there in smaller numbers when I was young in the 60's, swimming and playing around the duck ponds. If they had a steep enough bank, they would make a slide and slide down the bank into the water. Very playful, and fun to watch. Trappers would get up to $25 per hide, compared to nutria which were very cheap. When a sack of oysters was $6.50 in the early 1970's, $25 was alot of money!

Don't know if they taste like chicken. Course, I never heard of anyone eating a nutria back then either...


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River otters, weasels, nutria, maybe the odd mink (? I think) on the River Banks near Bonnet Carre. The otters are curious, but won't let you get too close. They look at you like they expect something. Somebody must feed them.


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Leroy Sevin and his wife were on a bus tour with us in 1994 to the Acadian Congress held in Nova Scotia. He is the real Otterman!

http://www.alligatorfur.com/press/conservation.htm

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Interesting article. Thanks, Reetsie.


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