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Lakeside Gathering
14 x 16
The river otter (Lontra Canadensis) is not immune to the threats of survival that other mammals face today. As a top predator in the food chain of aquatic ecosystems, otters are often used as bio-indicators of the health of the system. They are very susceptible to environmental pollution and readily accumulate high levels of mercury, organochloride compounds and other chemicals. Their aquatic nature makes them dependent on watersheds for survival. River otters have been virtually eliminated throughout many parts of their historic range, but reintroduction projects have been a vital tool in restoring populations. This casual scene of a handful of river otters chillin’ on a log pays homage to the playful nature of this species. Many Canadians like myself, have long enjoyed watching these delightful animals frolic through the waterways near our cottages and homes.