Strike a pose! The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks division has motion-activated cameras set up to capture wildlife, and their cameras captured something pretty awesome in the last couple of months, a River Otter! North American River Otters haven't been spotted in the Boulder area for a century! In the picture, it looks like the otter is posing for his photo opportunity!
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks
"I was extremely surprised," said Christian Nunes, a wildlife ecology technician for Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. "It's a species that is quite rare in Colorado."
A member of the same family as weasels, the North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) is classified as "endangered" by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, but that could soon change -- in the otters' favor.
"It actually sat in front of the camera for several more minutes, sitting there munching on the fishtail," Nunes said. "Kinda cute."
[ Daily Camera ]
The sightings occurred on February 26 and March 7, according to information I read. I think this otter is ready to be a star, look at that pose!