Do we have a resident river otter?

This morning, I saw a creature swim from the Big Island to the towpath side of the canal, right across my back yard view.

We do have a couple of Muskrats who swim in this part of the canal, but the guy I saw today wasn’t a Muskrat, as he was  over two feet long, brown and swimming faster.

I think  it would be great that otters are taking up residence here, it shows that the area is ecologically sound!

Keep your eyes out folks and if you spot this little guy, please let us know here.

Here’s a link regarding reintroduction of otter in The Finger Lakes. Could they have traveled this far?

Looking to find out more about The Canal Embankment Integrity Program?

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my two dogs.

One thought on “Do we have a resident river otter?”

  1. Yes, we do! A definite sighting this morning. I was on The Oxbow Trail, right by the stream, and there he was, running along the Big Island shore towards Erie Crescent. My dog Morgan (always the barker) let out a ‘woof’ and the otter stopped in his tracks for a good few seconds.

    There was no mistaking it this time! We have a resident otter in The Oxbow! How wonderful! I just love otters and to have one in my own backyard is a real privilege!

    And while you’re here, check out my other site regarding the Erie Canal local projects


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