Otters have made a great comeback in Southern Alberta. These animals have been seen more frequently in Southern Alberta than before. According to Brian Keating, a naturalist, otters move about and can travel for long as they jump and slide along the ice of a river.
Keating saw a trail of an otter that had already covered a long distance in 2017. The otter traveled upstream near the Calgary Zoo. Keating revealed that while he was skiing he saw another fresh track around the Karst Springs Trail in Kananaskis Country.
We came across the tracks and I think that the otter was under the snow. And then it popped out like a gopher hole. And it may be that we actually scared the otter out because the tracks were incredibly fresh.Keating
It seems the population of otters is increasing in Alberta, according bro Keating. Asides from his own sightings, some people reported that three otters were sighted in the South Saskatchewan River in Medicine Hat last February.
Otters survive mostly by fishing. They have sleek bodies, webbed feet, and a thick, waterproof pelt that help them survive in water.
Keating said that he discovered that Martin Jalkotzy, a retired biologist wrote a thesis on the reintroduction of otters back into Kananaskis Country.
Martin said that the otter population in Alberta is really becoming a success story, and Chris Fisher also said that their return, he believes, is one of the great comeback stories of Alberta wildlife.Keating