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KALIDA —A river otter, discovered earlier this year in a raccoon snare along the Auglaize River in Putnam County, has found a permanent home in the county.On Monday night the Putnam County Historical Society accepted the otter for exhibit in the county museum in Kalida. The otter drowned before the trapper, Ryan Brinkman, discovered it.“I was shocked when I found it,” Brinkman said. “I knew they are not supposed to be in Putnam County.” He immediately notified the game warden about the otter. Brinkman said the otter had been trapped underwater for a few days before it was discovered and had drowned.Because Putnam County is closed to trapping for river otters, Brinkman turned over the otter to state wildlife officials.It was the first verified report of an otter in Putnam County in nearly 100 years, said Jason Porinchok, wildlife officer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He said the ODNR studied the otter to determine it's age and sex. Porinchok said it was suggested to place the otter for public viewing at the museum.“Everyone all the way up to Columbus officials liked that idea,” he said.Kalida Fish and Game and Steve Burger with Steve's Taxidermy & Tanner donated the money and labor to have the otter professionally preserved.Porinchok said they have since discovered prints of another otter in the county.“We don't know if that was his female mate,” the game warden said. “Otters will mate for life.” The otter is on permanent exhibit at the museum at 201 East Main Street. It is open 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Sundays.

River otter given permanent home in museum

River otter given permanent home in museum

River otter given permanent home in museum
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