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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Once endangered river otters now likely to be found in Kentucky for generations

This is the fourth article in a series about Kentucky furbearers The river otter (Lontra canadensis) is thriving in Kentucky waterways. A fast, acrobatic swimmer, the river otter has a long, tapered tail and a thick, water-repellent coat of light brown, gray and black fur. Despite its clownish, playful behavior at times, the river otter is a voracious predator. This native species disappeared from...