Northern River Otter

Lontra canadensis
Young river otters rest near water's edge/Photo Courtesy of Rollin Bannow
One of nature’s most social and playful creatures, the northern river otter is often seen in pairs or groups frolicking in waterways, sliding on the mudflats or rolling on logs. Large and highly active members of the weasel family, river otters have big appetites. The freshwater streams, wetlands and tidal areas of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge offer abundant food supplies. Otters most often eat fish, frogs, and crawfish, but will also consume worms, insects, mice, bird eggs, nestlings, crabs, saltwater fish, and young muskrats and beavers.

Facts About Northern River Otter

Otters are born blind

Can hold their breath for up to 5 minutes

Grow to be 4.5 feet long