There has been something different spotted at the Cobourg Harbour: River Otters.
That was Richard Pope, a member of Willow Beach Field Naturalists.
The River Otter occurs throughout North America. In Canada it once was scarce, except along the BC coast, where it is abundant and often wrongly identified as a sea otter.
Pope mentions that although Cobourg’s Harbour has a lot of fish, he’s afraid that the open water of the Harbour they’ve gotten used to here may not be here for long.
The otter is really a large weasel, with webbed feet and dense waterproof fur equipped to hunt in water.
The otter’s food is 90% fish, so these two otters are enjoying the fish at our Harbour, but Pope says he has concerns about that as well.
He cautioned that we shouldn’t be feeding these animals.
The otter has a lengthy mating period in late winter and spring; gestation lasting from 9½ to 12½ months and young are born in a nest under a rock pile or in a burrow – you never know – we may see babies come spring!
Writer & Interviewer: Jenny McCaig, MBC News Anchor & Reporter in Cobourg, ON.