River Otters of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

The following three images were captured on my final rafting trip down the Taos Box section of the Rio Grande, ending the 2015 season on August 2nd with a special moment. 33 river otters were reintroduced to the Upper Rio Grande between 2008 and 2010, after a 60–year absence. I have no idea of their numbers today but I know a sighting is a momentous occasion and photographing them is “over the top”.

“The river otter is a swift and strong semi-aquatic predator that thrives wherever there is enough clean water and an adequate food base. Otters use water for hunting for food, cavorting, traveling, and as a refuge from danger. Riparian ecosystems, where willows and other wetland and streamside plants grow, make good homes for otters, whether along desert streams or mountain freshets. Dense, glossy brown fur, with longer guard hairs, keep them warm and dry in icy winter waters. They are primarily active in the day, and can sometimes be seen playing and hunting in the morning and late afternoon.”

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River Otters in the RIo Grande del Norte National Monument.“Their lithe, streamlined shape, powerful tails, and webbed feet make them expert swimmers and divers.”

River Otters in the RIo Grande del Norte National Monument.All of the above text is from:

The Case for River Otter Restoration in New Mexico

A Report to the River Otter Working Group

Melissa Savage and Jon Klingel

The Four Corners Institute Santa Fe, New Mexico

River Otters in the RIo Grande del Norte National Monument.Thanks for stopping in.

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About Britt Runyon

A New Mexico based free roaming outdoor digital photographer, always on the qui vive for what Nature and humans provide.
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