Avery Island Wildlife - pam-and-edmund-mcilhenny

North American River Otters were once hunted aggressively for their pelts--in 1800, 65,000 pelts were harvested in the United States. By 1900, they were extinct in 21 states and 1 Canadian province. Subsequently, otters were successfully reintroduced in those areas, and Louisiana provided more otters for this repopulation effort than any other state. Today their populations have recovered. One surprising fact is how fast otters can travel over land. They must live close to water, yet they can reach speeds of up to 18 miles per hour when traveling over land.

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