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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Feb. 25, 2024

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Otter bites teens swimming in Kalama River

The Columbian

KALAMA — Two teenage cousins who had been playing on a rope swing on the bank of the Kalama River were bitten by a river otter as they swam back to their grandparents’ house on the other shore.

The Daily News reports a fish biologist says river otters don’t usually attack people but maybe the girls got between an adult otter and its babies.

Craig Bartlett of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says many animals have newborn babies this time of year and can be protective and aggressive. He says river otter attacks are unusual but not unheard of, especially this time of year.

The girls plan to get back in the water as soon as their cuts are completely healed.