Conservation and Trapping Science

Otter: 'One of the biggest success stories' — How the river otter returned to Nebraska
Nov 28, 2021 19:16 ET

For five years starting in the late 1980s, Frank Andelt chauffeured river otters.

Sometimes, he’d drive to Omaha in his Nebraska Game and Parks truck to pick up one or two flying in from Idaho or Alaska or British Columbia. Sometimes, he’d head down to Missouri to meet a truck carrying a couple dozen from Louisiana.

He usually dropped the animals off at the lab, but one night, he took his passengers home. “It was late,” he said. “And it was easier to park them in our garage.”

He established a routine. After a veterinarian checked out the animals, and after Andelt and others attached ear tags, he would load them back up and drive deep into the state.

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