River Otters

April 11, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

River Otters are the most playful, energetic and charismatic animals I’ve ever photographed.  I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days with this family of otters at Yellowstone’s Trout Lake in the northeast corner of the park.

River Otters feeding on Cutthroat Trout
River Otters feeding on Cutthroat Trout
A mother river otter and her pup fight over a cutthroat trout.  Yellowstone National Park
Trout Tug-O-War
River otter sticking out her tongue while feeding on a cutthroat trout, Yellowstone National Park.
Otter Sticking Tongue Out
Two river otters playing in Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park
Playtime

The reason otters are found at Trout Lake is because of spawning Cutthroat Trout.  The fish must travel in into the shallow tributary to spawn but that makes them easy for the otters to catch.

Cutthroat trout swimming upstream to spawn at Yellowstone's Trout Lake.
Spawning Cutthroat Trout

Filed under: Montana, National Parks, Nature, Photography, Wildlife, Yellowstone National Park Tagged: animal, Cutthroat Trout, Lutra canadensis, Mammal, Nature, otter, Outdoors, photography, River Otter, Trout Lake, Water, wild, wildlife, Yellowstone National Park


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