For the first time in 83 years trapping river otters is legal in the state of Illinois.  The animals were once considered endangered, but thanks to an improving habitat wildlife officials say the state's otter population is large enough for an annual harvest.  Beginning today hunters can trap up to five otters each.  

River otters are the largest member of the weasel family and were common in Illinois until over-harvesting and lost habitat all but killed off the species in the early to mid-1900s.


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