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miles per hour, dive to 60 feet, travel
underwater for a quarter-mile and hold
their breath for up to four minutes.
Long, stiff whiskers help them feel
for food in murky waters. Their heart
rate drops while they are underwater,
slowing the blood and oxygen flow.
They can tread water for long periods
of time, keeping their neck above the
water’s surface to look around. The
soles of their webbed hind feet have
rough protrusions that act like studded
snow tires. On land, they can run at 18
miles per hour.
Their diet consists of mainly fish, but
also crawfish, clams, frogs and toads,
tadpoles, salamanders, snails, turtles,
earthworms, snakes and birds. Play is
considered a mark of high intelligence
in an animal and the river otter is the
play-baby of them all, sliding on ice and
snow, on purpose! They’ve been filmed
shooting down muddy banks, chasing
and wrestling with one another, and
juggling sticks and stones and even
their food before they eat it.
If you want to find otters or at least
otter sign, there are key places to look,
Warner said. Where a spring comes
into a pond or
lake, such as the
Ricketts Glen
S t a t e P a r k ’s
Lake Jean, you
can sometimes
see them playing. Spring water moves too
much to freeze
solid most winter days so otters gravitate
there needing
the open water
IN SUITABLE HABITAT, otters can often be found where a creek
makes an elbow.
to dive for fish.
throughout most of the state back
then. River otters were protected
in 1952. By the late 1980s, water
and habitat quality improved,
and a reintroduction program
was underway. From 1982-2004,
more than 150 native otters were
trapped and transferred to other
areas of the state. Much of this
work was done by wildlife ecologist Dr. Tom Serfass, currently
from Maryland’s Frostburg State
University, and Game Commission
biologists Dr. Matt Lovallo and
Tom Hardisky.
“River otters have taken up
residency in every major river
drainage system in the state,”
Serfass said. A multi-year study is
being undertaken to estimate the
distribution and abundance of river
otter populations in northeastern
Pennsylvania.
The river otter is closely related
to the mink and the weasels and is
a member of the mustelid family.
An adult weighs 12-20 pounds,
which includes a 12- to 20-inch
tail. They can swim fast, seven

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Contents
Another Doorstep
Whitetail Predation
Pymatuning and Conneaut
Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
From the Field
Field Notes
Conservation News
Making a Difference
What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another Doorstep
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pymatuning and Conneaut
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - From the Field
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 32
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Making a Difference
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Crossings
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