Motion-activated wildlife surveillance camera spots rare otter in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. - A motion-activated wildlife surveillance camera captured a photo of a North American river otter in Boulder last month.

Officials say it's the first documented sighting of this type of otter in Boulder in about 100 years, according to the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper.

The picture of the otter eating a white sucker fish was taken on March 7 along Boulder Creek east of downtown Boulder.

"It actually sat in front of the camera for several more minutes, sitting there munching on the fishtail," said Christian Nunes, a wildlife ecology technician for Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.

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