Many people who visit my booth at art shows are surprised to find out there are River Otters in Oklahoma. Although River Otters have always been in Oklahoma, they were hunted down drastically for their fur in the 1800’s. Reintroduction in many locations throughout the state have increased numbers to the point there is a trapping season for them. I’m not pleased with that because I find them so fun to be around and photograph.
Although River Otters were reintroduced in the Wichita Mountains in the 1990’s, the population didn’t take off until recently. I started photographing River Otters in 2013. I’ve found that winter seems to be the best time of year to catch them. They tend to pick a lake and stay there.
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