ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Northern River Otter

Lontra canadensis

Order Carnivora
Family

Mustelidae

 

Jason Hamm

Also known as: River Otter

Fast Facts

Distribution in Yukon
Length 120 cm Distribution of River Otters in Yukon
Weight 10 kg
Lifespan 8-9 years
Habitat
Predators Humans

Conservation Status

Yukon S4 (Apparently Secure)
Global G5 (Secure)
Yukon population estimate:  Not determined

 

Description

Behaviour

North American River Otters are highly social, although play is typically only reserved for younger otters.  A mother and her young form the core family group and it sometimes includes the father.  Bachelor groups of males and other combinations of sex and age groups are not uncommon. 

Diet

Fish, aquatic insects, freshwater mussels, ducks, marsh birds, muskrats, voles and shrews

Sights and sounds

Otter track front Tracks in the snow beside a frozen river

Tracks

6.3 x 7.5 cm

Signs

Tracks in snow beside a river

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Sound

Whine

 

 

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