SMITHTOWN, NY (AP / WCBS 880) – River otters are making a comeback on Long Island.
WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story
The otters have rarely been seen in the region for much of the last century due to hunting and pollution to waterways and marshes.
But in recent years, naturalists have spotted the mammals with increasing frequency.
East Hampton biologist Mike Bottini says the otters have staked out territory in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor, in the tributaries of the Nissequogue River and at East Ends sites from Greenport to East Hampton.
“It’s exciting because it means the river’s alive,” an excited naturist named Judy told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.
Bottini said more than half are near North Shore ponds, streams and marshes.
Live sightings of river otters are rare because they are nocturnal creatures whose home ranges can span 35 miles.
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