Otters & Possums

by Paul
(Barrie, Ontario, Canada)

A Pair of Otters

A Pair of Otters

Location: South Barrie, Ontario.
We have lots of animals such as Coyotes, White Tailed Deer, Foxes, rabbits, and others like that. What is more exciting is that we have seen Otters in the creek! Not just one or two, but a group of about four.

Our neighbours have seen them too - I think they are quite rare. Just tonight we saw our first Possum - that's not such good news, but we're on the edge of a large meadow, bordered by large trees on the one side, the creek and then a large wooded area that the city keeps naturalized.

Paul
(Barrie)



This submission is from a reader in Barrie, Ontario, who has seen the elusive North American River Otter, Lontra canadensis.

The North American River Otter, which is a member of the Weasel family, hunts during dark of night, and they prey upon fish, various amphibians, turtles, and crayfish, when available. Otters are typically nocturnal, however, they seem to be more active during the day in winter-time.

The otter digs a burrow and builds a den close to the water's edge in a river, swamp or lake. The den may have several tunnel openings, one of which usually allows the otter direct access to the water. In these burrows underground, female Otters give birth to their litters of between one and six babies.

Thank you Paul for sending us this information about the Otters!


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Otter sighting
by: Love-Forester Patricia

Walking with my husband and dog along Rouge River near Staines Road and Old Finch in Scarborough not far from the Toronto Zoo and sighted an Otter just as it was entering the river from the shore. Very exciting.

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Otter sighting North York
by: Janet

Saw a small otter while hiking at Bayview and Steeles minutes from where I live just sitting on the bank of the river. I wasn't sure at first it was an Otter but when I got home and reviewed pictures I was sure.

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Weasel?
by: Anonymous

Otters generally are not white and quite large when seen on land. Weasels turn white in the winter and mice are their main source of food.

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Grand river otter
by: Anonymous

I've been living on the Grand river for decades in the Lake Belwood area. The other day I saw a white otter in the area of the dam. First time I ever saw one. It had a mouse and appeared to be very healthy. Smaller in size and very fast. Its nice to see the diversity of this water shed as it wasn't always this healthy. Thanks.


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Otter family
by: Bruce

I watched a family of otters fishing and playing in marsh in South Frontenac (part of the Milburn Trail) this morning.

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Otter spotted in Lake Erie
by: Anonymous

Spotted and took a video of an Otter in the man made pond at Port Stanley harbour!

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Port Dover beach
by: Kim

Just saw an otter walking along the water's edge, coming towards me. It didn't notice me till I spoke to it and turned around, scampering towards the rocks. First siting for me here. Saw them once in awhile in our farm pond near Brantford.

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Saugeen River Otters
by: Smith

My first time seeing otters in Ontario ... enjoying the Saugeen River. I heard they've been there a while and can be seen playing in the currents at times. Surprised how big they were. Also, a Beaver that was interested in my dog was hanging out along the beach/creek south of the pier at the little trail bridge.

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Otter collingwood ontario
by: Anonymous

I was fishing in Collingwood near the rocks when the seal like creature swam by diving under the water and reappearing. Beautiful sight. Thought at first it was a seal or muskrat. But later after doing some research realised it’s was a River Otter. Never knew until today we had them in Ontario.

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River Otters
by: Theo

I saw 3 river otters early morning July 24, 2019 while on the bike path from Southampton to Port Elgin. They were scampering about on Bayview Point Road in Horseshoe Bay off the Mirimichi Bay Road. Delightful!

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Otters in Port Elgin
by: Anonymous

I have seen Otters in and around Port Elgin harbour before but this morning I saw an Otter from the bike trail to Southampton. It came right to the shore, climbed out, and disappeared between some large rocks. I heard some noises and she came out with a couple of young ones and they swam around for a bit. Made my day!

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Family Swim
by: Andy

June 23, 2019 - I observed a group of 8 otters swimming along Lake Huron shoreline just north of Kincardine this morning.

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otter near toronto, ontario
by: Anonymous

I found 2 Otters living near my condo in Markham, Ontario. Incredible because based on all your comments they are spotted in more country side lakes, or far away from Toronto.

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I saw 2 or 3 River Otters
by: Anonymous

I was driving on Oakwood Dr Niagara Falls just south of Jelly Stone Camp ground shortly after midnight and spotted at least 2 possibly more river Otters. They were attempting to enter the road from a treed area on the east side maybe 50 meters from Chippewa Creek.

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Otter spotted again in Lake Erie
by: Anonymous

Observed what appeared to be an Otter in Lake Erie this morning about 50 feet off shore near Long Beach in Wainfleet.

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Otter siting in Lake Erie
by: Anonymous

Otter spotted in Lake Erie near Erie Beach about 100 ft offshore.

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Otter in Glencairn, Ontario
by: Anonymous

We have a playful Otter in our pond. He’s been very active with the ice melting.

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Otter passes lower part of lawn
by: Darnell & Julie & baby Jacob

It’s a rainy Monday morning here, my wife was feeding baby I was making coffee. As she was enjoying the view out the window of our kitchen she said to me "You won’t believe this!" I quickly turned to look and there it was, bouncing at the edge of the yard moving towards a large snow melt, the temporary pond was already being enjoyed by two mallard ducks. I didn’t know what it was, it was my wife who identified it as an Otter, I quickly grabbed my phone and snapped a pic! The otter paddled towards the culvert and slipped out of sight.
We are located in Douro-Dummer, close to Stoney Lake. Thanks!

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Otter in My Pond
by: Anonymous

Just saw an Otter in my pond in Oro-Medonte yesterday. It came up through a hole in the ice and lay in the sun for a few minutes and then dove back in. Very exciting!

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Otter along the south shore of Lake Ontario
by: Anonymous

Spotted an Otter running on the snow this morning about 100 yards from the shore of lake Ontario. This was in Confederation Park in Hamilton.

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Watched an Otter for a few minutes in Selkirk
by: Fizzypop

I couldn’t believe it, but I was watching an Otter yesterday morning (December 26th) come up the path from the creek and investigate the property. He was about 10 feet away from me when he spotted me and scurried back to the waters edge, slipping in the water (Sandusk Creek) as smooth as silk.
We are located in Selkirk Ontario right down on the lake, where Sandusk Creek meets Lake Erie.

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Otter
by: esther

I spotted an Otter behind one of our ponds this morning. It had a fish in its mouth. Our ponds for the time being are full with largemouth bass. We live just north of Greenbank on hwy 12.

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Prince Edward County
by: Anonymous

Otter spotted crossing road by river in Demorestville, Prince Edward County.

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Muskoka Otters
by: Anonymous

I have seen 4 Otters on High Lake in Muskoka this year. Usually swimming the edge of the lake hunting.

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Otters
by: Anonymous

Saw 3 little ones on Whitestone Lake!

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Baby Otter sighting in Lake Couchiching 19/08/18
by: Jeanette Herring

We saw an a small young Otter on our property on Sunday, we are waterfront on lake Couchiching. Was surprised as I didn't realize that they would be here. I guess that they swim up from the Black River. Thought that it was a snake at first, but it came out of the water and went back in the same direction that it swam from.

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A kayak visit with Otters
by: Ken Warden

My wife and I saw a family of 4 Otters at Big Hawk in Haliburton. So cool!

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Lower Buckhorn Lake
by: Anonymous

Saw an otter twice this weekend on our shoreline on Lowr Buckhorn Lake in Buckhorn! It was running with a fish in its mouth.

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Otter Sighting
by: Daphne

I live near Carthew Bay and just saw my first Otter in Ontario this evening about 8:45 on my neighbours lawn! It was quite big, now way it was a weasel or mink! May 21, 2018

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Otter sighting Highlands East
by: Anonymous

Watched an Otter fish and eat his catch on an ice floe just off our shore on Eels Lake. Saw two this morning swim from shore out to the ice and run / slide across the ice to the island. Pretty cool.

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Otter in Orillia April 26 2018
by: Lesley

April 26 evening I saw a large Otter on our grass on Lake Simcoe near the narrows. The first one I have ever seen here in over 30 years. It was rolling around on the clover and rubbing its face into the grass and generally enjoying the spring weather. Then it amble off. What a lovely sighting!

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Otter in Sharon
by: Anonymous

Saw and Otter today in our subdivision north of Newmarket - in Sharon, Ontario. Could not believe it!

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Otter sighting near Kingston
by: Anonymous

For the past several days we've had the pleasure of watching an Otter fish and play on our shoreline north of Kingston, Ontario. Our lake is still covered in ice but near our shore there is an opening. Every night just before sunset it makes its appearance. What an amazing creature to watch.

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Port Ryerse Otter
by: Anonymous

Spotted an Otter in Port Ryerse (Lake Erie) on the beach. I didn't know we had them in this area.

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Otter
by: Lori

An Otter crossed in front of me on the road near Wilmot Creek in Orono.

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Otters in Viewlake
by: Doug Woolley

We spotted one Otter two years ago feeding in the early spring from our preserve in Viewlake. We are on the lake just about a mile south of the entrance of the river to Lindsay. Yesterday we spotted one at the same spot as two two years ago and then to our surprise four more joined the first. The five humped across the ice and are feeding on fish, one of which appeared to be a large fish (more than two feet) which they were working on. We have some pics of the one and now have to get them all together.

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Otters
by: Anonymous

Saw a pair in the Ganaraska River north of Port Hope. I got a good look as they sat in the sun by their riverbank den.

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Otter sighting in Hamilton
by: moose

Spotted an Otter by the lake near Confederation Park, Stoney Creek!

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Two Otters in front of Pancake Island on Georgian Bay
by: Anonymous

We were amazed to see the pair, they were way out in the middle of the lake, far from shore on a sunny Saturday afternoon just last weekend. Very awesome to see these beautiful creatures.

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Otter sighting
by: Anonymous

Just saw an Otter in Lower Buckhorn Lake (Deer Bay area)!

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Three juvenile Otters spotted on the Humber River in the Weston area of Toronto
by: Anonymous

Three young Otters cavorting, wrestling and swimming on the left bank of the Humber River in the Weston area of Toronto at dusk (8 pm) today, at the beaver lodge in Raymore Park. The beaver lodge was occupied last summer but there is no sign of the beaver this year, and no sign of the mother. Several tunnel-like entrances in the bank close to the beaver lodge. They were having a great old time.

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Mom and youngster Otter spotted, Tobermory, Ontario.
by: Anonymous

Two Otters running across our lawn headed for the surf. The larger one, suspected to be the mom, the smaller one suspected to be the youngster. Both had beautiful smooth and full coats of fur. Also looking quite well fed. So cool to see. They disappeared into the surf near our docks before I could ask them for a photo. Awesome.

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Couldn't believe our eyes!!!
by: Kathryn

Yesterday, in the quiet of early evening we saw 4 adult Otters on a Lake Simcoe dock at Big Cedar point. They seemed to be really enjoying themselves and we were delighted to see them. I thought they were in the wrong ecosystem but some of the others who have posted, have seen them too.


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Otters in Pickering / Ajax
by: Anonymous

With all the high water out there I've been seeing a lot of bBeaver, Muskrat and recently American Mink and Otters. I also have video. Couldn't believe my eyes.

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Otter in Ajax reservoir
by: Anonymous

Yesterday we spotted an Otter happily swimming around a reservoir in north Ajax on the west side of Audley, between Taunton & Rossland. Very cool!

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Lake Simcoe Otters
by: Kevin Yeoman

Was kayaking summer of 2016 south of Gilford on Lake Simcoe, saw three Otters playing in water ahead then all three climbed on shore. Beautiful creatures. They were just west of Holland River mouth. I was about 30 feet away.

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Otter
by: Anonymous

Saw an otter today in Millhaven Creek in Odessa, Ontario. It was quite large and was having a grand time in the water.

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Otter in Goderich, Ontario
by: Lorne Rocheleau & Cathy Richards

On April 8th, at the Goderich pier, we were watching a freighter being filled with salt when all of a sudden an Otter appeared along the ship. It swam the full length of the ship and then turned around and returned to mouth of the harbour. It looked like it was looking for a way up the shoreline to get out of the water ... Beautiful creature.

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Rice Lake
by: Anonymous

Have had three Otter sightings. One in Bewdley on Rice Lake mid March, then same week east of there and again this week April 5. I work from home and have a perfect view of the South Shore. Not much escapes my attention.

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Three River Otters
by: Anonymous

Saw three Otters feeding while using a hole in the ice on a river near Washago. April 2 2017

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Otters in Oro Station
by: Anonymous

We've seen Otters along Lake Simcoe edge in Oro Station this winter. Today we saw 2 Otters together pop out of the water and jump on the ice. Last week we saw one Otter, 2 consecutive days. It was catching fish and coming up on the shore ice to eat the fish and then slip back down to find more.

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Otter comes back every winter
by: Anonymous

I have a cottage just east of Huntsville. I put a bubbler at the end of my dock to keep the ice from moving the rock crib. For the last five years an Otter comes in December and stays till April. I saw it this morning. They must like the moving water. I have never seen it in the summer.

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Otters in the snow in Prince Edward County
by: Anonymous

I found what looked like two trenches in the snow side by side ... with paw prints on either side - something slid all along their bellies around our Bay front. Could this be Otters? We are in South Bay, Prince Edward County. I hope it is!!

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Otter sighted in Grand River Caledonia
by: Pat

Hi my name is Pat and I live along the Grand River in Caledonia. This morning my grand daughter thinks she saw an Otter getting on and off a sheet of ice in the river. I can't see any other reference to there being Otters in this part of the river system. Has anyone else seen them?

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Spotted today
by: Anonymous

I just spotted an Otter playing on the surface of the ice on Rice Lake. Ice break-up is just starting here, and another Otter joined the first, sliding and frolicking on the ice surface. What a short but wonderful sight.

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Otters
by: Donna

We just saw two (I'm positive) river Otters on a back road in Schomberg! At first we (a high schooler on my bus) thought they were Muskrats, but they had an Otter's tail and were playing just after coming out of the river 😍

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Otter sighting
by: Anonymous

Just saw an Otter at the harbour front in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Amherstburg Otters
by: Courtney

I went out to the creek in my backyard last night as the sun was setting and saw something swimming toward the property. I stayed still and was very quiet. It appeared to be a small Otter, possibly a baby. There was another one swimming a bit further away. The Otter came right to the edge of the creek just past my property and started to hop out then it saw me and went underwater. It was long and slender so I'm sure it was a river Otter. Very cool!

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Amazing
by: Anonymous

I have seen an Otter twice in the last month in Eagle Harbour near Tobermory (Bruce Peninsula).

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Wellers Bay sighting
by: Anonymous

Have spotted a pair of Otters on the south shore of Weller's Bay in Prince Edward County, Ontario. They were having a great time running and then sliding on the ice. I have seen them a couple of times this month, both times in the morning.

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Otters on Canal Lake, Kirkfield
by: Jacquie

Watching Otters on the lake. It seems like they are eating, playing and sunbathing. First time seeing this, there are three together and a few more scattered at different parts of lake. Nice to watch.

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Otters
by: Anonymous

A pair of Otters were sighted at Hay Bay near Tobermory on January 11, 2017.

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Otter sighting near Inverary Ontario
by: Anonymous

Driving home yesterday crossing the Loughborough Lake bridge I could have sworn I saw an Otter. My daughter and I pulled over. It looked like it was on a patch of ice with a fish in its mouth. We were baffled. Is it possible that it really was an Otter?

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Lake Otters Spotted
by: Chris

We have been watching a group of 3 or 4 Otters on our small lake in Muskoka. They have been popping up through the holes in the thin ice. A huge eagle scared them off yesterday. We have been on this lake for over 20 years and this is the first time we have seen them

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Otter
by: Steve

Just saw one in Pickering. West shore by the pier.

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Otter Sighting
by: Joni

Saw two Otters on a rock in Three Mile Lake just outside of Burks Falls Ontario. Aaaand a Bald Eagle swooped down and scared them off. Bald Eagle in Ontario? Could it be?

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Otter at Harbour
by: Anonymous

Saw an Otter at the Harbour in Downtown Oakville, Ontario, while I was fishing. He swam up on a rock and sat for a second and went back in. Cute.

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Oakville Otter
by: Danielle

September 11, 2016 - I saw an Otter along the pier near the Oakville Historical Society. Such a surprise and delight! He ran along the pier and stopped, sat up, looked back at us for a quick photo op and jumped into the harbour!

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Otter Trio
by: Peter

Saw my first Otters yesterday near Beausoleil Island on Georgian Bay. I paddled kayak close and they just watched and dove under water. A real treat! There was also a Bald Eagle nearby.

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Napanee river near hay bay
by: Anonymous

Two otters spotted swimming at the mouth of napanee river just before hay bay. Adorable little things. Going to canoe tomorrow to attempt another sighting.

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Otter in Plympton-Wyoming
by: Anonymous

I saw an Otter crossing the Howard Watson Trail in Camlachie last week. The tail was the clincher. I had no idea that we had them in the region.

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Otter sighting
by: Doc

My daughter and I saw a family of five Otters at the bridge by Collins Bay and Bath Rd, Kingston around 8 am.

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Otters in durham
by: Anonymous

I just saw three Otters in Duffins Creek in Durham region, just west of Westney Rd, south of Taunton.

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Otter
by: Anonymous

Family of four River Otters on Kemptville Creek

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Otter sighting
by: Darcy

I saw an Otter this morning on Merlin Line, just north of Queens Line.

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Playful little Otter
by: Anonymous

Twice I have noticed a small Otter on the water's edge in Ajax, Ontario, at the base of Audley Road S. Once scampering along a log and another time swimming.

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Otters are awesome
by: A friend of a friend who loves otters

I know someone who loves Otters. Does anyone know of any Otters in Barrie, Ontario?

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Otter
by: Judy Dunn

My cottage is on Meadows End trailer park and we suspect we have an Otter den on our beach! Meadows End is on Lake Dalrymple.

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Otter near Severn Bridge
by: Muskoka John

An Otter ran across our yard today, then went right up into our deck. When I startled him, he took off into the bush and headed towards the canal (Trent Severn). He was between 3 and 4 ft. Long.

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Could I be mistaken?
by: Patricia Sunshine

Early May, I believe I saw a baby Otter along the shoreline of Lake Erie in between Erie Beach and the mouth of the Niagara River. My friend tried to capture it on camera but it was too quick.

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Surprise Encounter
by: Pat Kew

I just saw my first Otter while walking on the Waterfront Trail in Oakville, Ontario, near the Burlington and Oakville border. It was walking on the grass at the edge of the lake (Lake Ontario) and then disappeared into a burrow between the rocks at the water's edge.

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Three Otters
by: Virginia

Saw three otters on Saturday swimming in Sheldrake Lake in Cloyne ontario.

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Otter sighting
by: Joe M.

Saw an otter coming out of my mothers pond early morning. Loretto, Ontario.

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Otter sighted Haliburton
by: Anonymous

Had an awesome one run across the road in front of me. Just outside of Halliburton. Was definitely not a beaver or muskrat.

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Pair of Otters sighted
by: Carol

March 24, 2016 - I just saw a pair of otters on our pond just north of Belwood, Ontario, this morning. This is the first time that I have ever seen Otters in the wild.

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Otters in Pickering
by: Anonymous

Just spotted three Otters running out of our storm water management pond. They went up the embankment, across a foot path and slid down the other side on their bellies. First time I've seen any around here.

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Otter Sighting
by: Linda

I just saw an Otter running along our shoreline in South Bay, Prince Edward County, Ontario.

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Marble Lake
by: Carl

Watched an Otter this afternoon on Marble Lake (Cloyne area) sitting on the ice about 100 meters from shore. Looked around a bit before diving back through a melt hole in the ice. I watched him eat a large catfish on the dock one morning this past summer. Can identify them swimming under water by the characteristic trail of bubbles.

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Otter spotted in Rouge River in Markham
by: Anonymous

My house backs on to the ravine and I just spotted an Otter running along the semi-frozen shore. First thought - it was a squirrel as we have a ton of those, but the hopping along the shore gave it away. I had no idea we had Otters! Very cool.

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First Otter sighting on the Scugog River
by: Philip Best

Awesome... my first Otter sighting. At 8:00 am this morning, I just happened to see something different out the window. I grabbed my binocs and low and behold there it was. A beautiful Otter coming up through the ice on the frozen river and enjoying its breakfast. Very chuffed to have witnessed this beautiful animal!!!
Phil.

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Otter in Lake St John, Ramara
by: Anonymous

I saw a fair-sized Otter in Lake St John, Ramara, Ontario, yesterday.

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Otter in Sauble River
by: Anonymous

February 15/16 While out for a late afternoon walk we viewed four otter in the Sauble River. We stood and watched in fascination for at least 15 minutes. The displays of chatter, diving, playing and hunting were an absolute delight.

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Otter on Lake Scugog
by: Anonymous

Saw one Otter this afternoon around 1:15 on the ice, then it slipped back into the water...

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Otter Sighting
by: Debra

Second time this week I saw an Otter body sliding on the frozen lake (Bald Lake) in the Kawarthas. The Otter takes about 3 leaps and then dives onto the ice and snow and slides a bit, gets up and repeats the process.

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Otters
by: Jane

Two Otters sighted today, they poked their heads out of a hole in the ice on the Mill Pond in Marchmont (Orillia). One came onto the ice for a short time.

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Otter sighting
by: Trish

Just saw an Otter on the ice in the middle of a small pond along Hwy 28 near Bancroft Ontario :)

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Otters on Lake Scugog
by: Anonymous

Saturday Nov 28 2015 - Watching a pair diving and eating about 100 meters off shore in Caesarea just south of the Beacon Marina.

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Otter
by: Matt

I saw a big male Otter hit by car at the side of road north of Kincardine, Ontario. Also Otter winter tracks on the Nine Mile River north of Goderich. Tracks also found along Naftels Creek south of Goderich. So it appears they are making their way south on Lake Huron from the Bruce Peninsula.

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Otters near Peterborough
by: Steve

I live in Cavan, Ontario, and have a pond on the property. Last week I though I saw the first Beaver in about eight years. Today I spent about 20 minutes watching and discovered it is an Otter not a Beaver. When he saw me he kept up his routine but quite frequently was "barking" at me, so it was time to leave.

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Otters in Ski Country
by: Anonymous

Saw a large Otter (30 lbs) running through a large hilly maple forest (Sugarbush) 2 kilometers east of Horseshoe Valley Resort. There is no water close by. I have seen where they slide down hills in the winter, but this was my first real sighting. Cool !!!

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Otters at Shadow Lake, Norland, Ontario
by: Anonymous

Went fishing two summers ago and were fortunate to see three Otters playing in a small bay. We went into bay to investigate - they had little fear of us. They were swimming /playing within 10 feet of our boat! Coolest day fishing I've ever had!

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Otters south of Orangeville
by: Anonymous

Canoeing at Ken Whillan's Conservation Park, south of Orangeville, Ontario, two Otters swam across the lake, lost them at Lakeside.

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Otters in Bracebridge
by: Anonymous

I saw three Otters this morning feeding in the Muskoka River near Wilson's Falls. I have never seen Otters here before.

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Otter in Muskoka
by: Tom

Saw a single Otter swimming across the Joe River between Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau. Didn't know they lived here.

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Otters in Lanark
by: Darrin Clements

August 2nd, 2015
Observed 11 otters eating in Bolton creek located in Lanark county. Three pairs of adults and the rest juveniles.

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Otters in Innisfil
by: mary

May 20 2015 Saw an Otter at the dog park today. He watched us and then gave a small slap with his tail and dove under. Cheeky little face. Adorable.

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Otter in Buckhorn Lake
by: Anonymous

I saw an otter in Buckhorn Lake floating on its back. He was about 20 feet from the shoreline. Near Scotsman Point around 8pm. Very pleasantly surprised.

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Collingwood Sighting
by: Anonymous

Pretty certain we spotted an Otter yesterday in White's Bay, part of Georgian Bay, just west of Collingwood. Cute little guy, seemed to be enjoying himself paddling around close to shore, sighted in both morning & late afternoon.

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Otters in Niagara region
by: Anonymous

We live on Twenty Mile Creek in Vineland (near St. Cathernes) and saw a sleek little Otter playing in the current near our house. First time! Lots of Muskrats, but this is our first Otter!

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Otter Sighting
by: Susan

I saw an Otter today, in the wild, playing in the water at the edge of the ice today. This was at The Gannon Narrows Causeway, at about 4:15 pm. It was still there when I came back through, at 5:30 pm. He was having a good time. Beautiful animal. I regret I did not have my camera. I will head back tomorrow to see if I can get a pic. Awesome day!!! I had no idea we had them living this close to us.

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Otter
by: Anonymous

On January 13th 2015, My friend and I saw a small Otter come out on the shoreline of our lake Sturgeon in the town of Cameron. There was only one.

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Otters in Clearwater Bay
by: Anonymous

We have an otter who likes to swim right in front of our boathouse. He is seen quite often in the morning and the evening. I believe that his den is located just on the shoreline behind the boathouse. He does not seem to be very shy as I was able to get within 7 feet to take a number of pictures.

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Otter in Oshawa
by: Anonymous

Last year we were walking on the trail running parallel to Wilson Road, right under the bridge that crosses Rossland. We saw what we thought were ferrets, but they were swimming and playing on the rocks. We finally figured out they were likely river otter pups. Did not see them again but there are coyotes aplenty, so maybe they didn't survive.

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Otter sighting
by: Phyllis

At 6:30 this morning, I saw two huge otters on our dock - one bigger than the other. After watching for a few minutes the larger one slithered into the water and the smaller one followed shortly after. This was one the Big Rideau Lake in Ontario near Little Lake.

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Otters in St John
by: PZA

We've come across a family of four Otters on Lake St John, north of Rama, the past three years. Very cool, and a sign you'd have to say of improving ecosystems. I've been on the lake for 38 years and never seen them before.

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Clear Lake, Maberly, Ontario
by: Anonymous

I just saw a family of 6 or 7 Otters (hard to count with them diving and swimming) fishing in the lake. They were rolling onto their backs to eat the fish. First time in 24 years I've seen Otters on the lake!

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Otters on Four Mile Lake
by: Andrew Staneland

We have Otters which visit the south end of Four Mile Lake. The Otters often swim up into our floating dock and often lay on top of it just before sun down. We had 3 baby Otters born here this summer, all of which survived.

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Kawarthas
by: Tania

I saw 2 Otters in Black Duck Bay of Lower Buckhorn Lake over the past couple days! So adorable ....I didn't know there were Otters there!

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Otter in Oshawa
by: Anonymous

I just spotted an Otter in my backyard pond. The pond is only about 12' x 15' x 4' deep. He was swimming around then got out on a rock. I got a good look.

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Thames River, Chatham
by: Matt J.

I saw a single River Otter enter the Thames river (west of Chatham).

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Otter in Niagara Falls
by: Anonymous

I have property in Willoughby Marsh (Niagara Falls/Fort Erie area) with a creek that runs to the Upper Niagara river.
About 3-4 years ago Beavers moved into the marsh but seem to have moved out this spring.
This morning had an Otter on my front yard and then into the marsh. approx. 3 feet plus and guessing around 20 lbs.
First and only time...so far

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Cataraqui Creek Kingston
by: Anonymous

I was out looking for a glimpse of the PANSTARRS comet and was on the shore when I noticed something dark and about 2-3 ft long. When I use my binoculars it was a Otter! First time I have seen one here, will try to get a picture later.

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Tail like a Raccoon, head like a Canine
by: Anonymous

I saw a dead animal in the valley, it had a tail like a raccoon but canine teeth. What could it be?

Perhaps one of our readers might know what this animal might be

For information on identifying Raccoon skulls, check out Skullsite

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Otters in Pottageville Park
by: Animal Lover

I could not believe my eyes! In a spring fed pond located in Pottageville Park, I saw an Otter last week - went back today to sit by and quietly watch - I saw two adults and at least 2 smaller ones swimming and playing in the water.

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Otters in Port Elgin
by: John

Went to visit my daughter and while we walked along the dock in Port Elgin there was a mother Otter and seven young ones.

They seemed somewhat confused in the bustling marina and swam along the docks looking to escape.

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Possums on Sturgeon Lake, near Bobcageon
by: Nancy and Ray

Yesterday my wife and I both saw an Opossum when we were having a BBQ in the early evening. At first we thought it was a cat, but as it walked closer, we were surprised to see it's pink nose and rat-like tail. It slowly wandered away when we approached him. We will keep the camera handy for his next visit!

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Possums!
by: Anonymous

The River Otters are amazing! I'm so glad to hear they are around. The Possum, well, that's another story. I Live in Georgetown and we have had them here for at least 15 years. They like to winter in garages and sheds. They can be quite vicious when cornered, one attacked my cat and did a lot of damage!

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Interesting!
by: Anonymous

Otters are so playful and cute, nice picture

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