There’s a resurgence of the river otter in Illinois. It’s no longer endangered, after a successful reintroduction here. “River otters were rare in Illinois,or have been since about the early- to mid-1800s,” says Bob Bluett, a wildlife biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. “In 1994 through1997, we purchased river otters from Louisiana –346 of them – and released them in Central and Southeastern Illinois. Today we estimate the population is about11,000 to 15,000, and growing steadily.”
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So many, that there will be a trapping season in Illinois for the first time since 1929. It begins Nov. 5 in the northern half of the state and Nov. 10 in the southern half.