WILDLIFE WATCH: River otters roaming uphill

THURSDAY NIGHT: With three reader reports of river otters far uphill from the water’s edge in West Seattle, it’s time to share the alert! The photo above is from Jonathan, who spotted those two in Fairmount Ravine, near the bridge. His report came in about the same time as a note from Luke, who was bicycling in the ravine when he saw what we assume were the same two, “scurrying along the side of the road.” And last night, Emily reported seeing one “crossing the road on SW Jacobsen Road between 51st Ave SW and Beach Drive SW.” If you’re new – river otters are the ones you’ll see in Puget Sound, not “sea otters,” which are more common in the open ocean. Be especially careful on near-shore roads this time of year – some have been hit by drivers as they cross, often headed to/from an inland den. This state Fish and Wildlife Department info-sheet has more about river otters.

FRIDAY MORNING, 10:27 AM: According to a note from Jennifer, they’re even further inland now, up along Walnut.

5 Replies to "WILDLIFE WATCH: River otters roaming uphill"

  • Gini Johnson May 18, 2018 (4:47 am)

    We see them in our neighborhood too. They come up the cliff and play in our neighborhood storm ditches. I was shocked one day when I saw them cut thru our yard, go under our gate and back down to the water. They are big! I’m glad my 3 dogs were in the house…

  • Mike May 18, 2018 (6:43 am)

    Another good description of river otters vs sea otters https://www.seattleaquarium.org/river-otters

    Very interesting creatures.  

  • Diane May 18, 2018 (9:26 am)

    I don’t like them they eat our pond fish.

  • Brenda2 May 18, 2018 (11:16 am)

    @Diane, if not them the Raccoons will eat them, me personally think the Otters are cuter

  • Luke May 18, 2018 (10:16 pm)

    I’m glad the SAS was able to help them out, I was worried they’d get hut by a car.

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