Rejuvenation a Hoosier success story

Once considered extinct in the Hoosier state, river otters now ply the waterways and ponds in 80 percent of Indiana counties.

In 1995, wildlife officials began releasing otters into key areas of the state, including Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, after being considered starved out of Indiana in 1942.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources decided Muscatatuck would be a good first place to release the otters, refuge ranger Donna Stanley said.

After the first 25 otters were released in January 1995, the animals became a part of the refuge’s wildlife. Now, otters can be seen at many of the waterways at Muscatatuck.

“It’s always good to see a species thrive,” said Dan Wood, a wildlife refuge specialist at Muscatatuck. “It is a really neat animal to watch and observe.”

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