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Return of the River
Otters

Creature Feature
CReAtuRe
FeAtuRe

Victims of overhunting in the
1770s and of strangely high
hide prices in the Depression,
the inventive otter began its
mountain comeback in 1984.
by Nancy Henderson

Bruce Anderson claims he was
at the right place at the
right time when the newly
named Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Agency initiated a plan to protect indigenous species in danger
from manmade threats.
"I was real lucky," says
the retired TWRA endangered species biologist from
Crossville, Tennessee. "I
hit that window of opportunity when they were trying to restore some of these
endangered or threatened
populations."
Anderson felt even luckier

when, in 1984, he took on
his first major restoration
assignment: to return river
otters to the Cumberland
Plateau. The playful, enterprising critters had been
plentiful across the U.S. until the 1700s, when fur trading rose and public officials
were often paid with otter
hides. Widespread habitat
destruction accelerated the
problem.
"The real demise of most
of the river otter populations in Tennessee occurred
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