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River: Cache La Poudre River (Lower Canyon)

river otters!!

Post By: quincykid      Posted: 3/25/2017 8:46:30 PM     Points: 228    
so today i say my very first river otter while fly fishing today! i was fishing around a giant boulder that had a cut under it from water erosion and all of a sudden it popped out no more than 2 feet from me stood up looked at me for 5-10 seconds and darted back into the water under the boulder! i left the area because i didnt want to disturb it anymore.

i filled out a sighting report on the parks and wildlife website, but it brings up some questions i have for everyone.

1. have any of you seen river otters recently?
2. was i doing something it didn't like for it to come so close to me?

im interested in all of your guys thoughts on this!

 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 3/25/2017 9:10:18 PM     Points: 2592
Although I have never seen one in person, my guess is the critter just wanted to see what was going on. It's my understanding otters are curious, (and playful), by nature, so I don't think you were doing anything wrong, he/she was just saying "hello". It was good that you left the area, and that you made a sighting report. Kudos!
 Reply by: rkhancock      Posted: 3/25/2017 10:01:17 PM     Points: 22834
Doesn't surprise me that they've come down the canyon. I've seen some in the past few years while camping west of there in st Forest st park.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 3/25/2017 10:04:11 PM     Points: 3831
I see them quite often in the Granby/Grand Lake area in the CO river and in the inlets. They're super curious and probably just wanted to see what you were LOL
 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: 3/25/2017 11:18:22 PM     Points: 17
I've seen 3 otters at ranger lakes by Cameron pass also seen them at green mtn reservoir by inlet a few years ago
 Reply by: MtnTempo      Posted: 3/26/2017 7:59:32 AM     Points: 248
I've been seeing one by a small dam/spillway between Lemay/Timberline on the river.

Used to be beavers right there on the river 20+ years ago too
 Reply by: Whelenman358      Posted: 3/26/2017 12:01:33 PM     Points: 113
Back in the late 90's I saw one on the South Platte near where it joins with the Big Thompson. Was duck/goose hunting and walked the river during the middle of the day to see if any crippled geese might be along the river. An otter was rolling around in the water next to a large tree. Watched him for several minutes then he went under and swam off as I approached.

Last year while fishing at Golden Ponds in Longmont, I saw an otter duck under some riprap, pop up to look at me, then duck back under and disappear.
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