Into the Wild

Meet Freddy…

Mother Nature presented us with a nice surprise at the end of the day.

Sitting at the dinner table enjoying another mystery mushers meal I noticed some waves on the lake near the dock. Strange, I thought. There was no breeze, no floating ice, what made those waves?

It was a North American river otter (Lontra canadensis), also known as the northern river otter or the common otter, splashing in the icy water of Puntilla Lake. It didn’t take long and the otter decided to dry out on the dock for a while and relax in the warm evening sun. But that was not all. The curious little red fox came down to the dock to take a good look at the wet furry neighbor. They were less than 30 feet apart. Travis has it all on camera. He called it the “Mexican staredown”. It lasted for at least 10 minutes. Finally the fox turned around and strolled up the hill. The otter ended his sun tan and slipped back into the water.

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A few moments later the otter reappeared and posed for me, I thought. On land, otters are actually near-sighted. Their vision is adapted to life underwater. Near-sighted or not, I think Freddy is cute. He is also probably responsible for all the fish bones around the lake that we find now that the lake is starting to melt.

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