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River otters: Hardest-working clowns in the water

Sept. 13, 2013, 1:17 p.m.
river otter

Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch

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Be an otter spotter

If you live in the Bay Area of California and happen to see a river otter, report your sighting to the River Otter Ecology Project, a citizen science program that relies on "otter spotters" to help learn more about the locations, behaviors and health of local river otters. Meanwhile, many conservation programs are working to restore river otter populations to areas where they have disappeared, including the Southwest.