- River otters mysteriously attack people and pets in Anchorage, Alaska
- Attacks have taken place in popular outlying areas, such as lakes.
- A 9-year-old boy was taken to hospital for a rabies shot after being bitten several times near a duck pond
- Other attacks include a woman who was slightly injured while rescuing her dog
- Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game will find and remove otters
- River otters sometimes attack humans, but interactions are ‘rare’
River otters are mysteriously attacking people and pets in Anchorage, Alaska, prompting wildlife officials to warn the public to keep their distance.
According to the state’s Department of Fish and Game, a group of troublesome otters have attacked people in outlying areas such as lakes. It’s not clear what prompted the abnormal behavior, but diseases such as rabies may be to blame.
Earlier this month, Ayden, a nine-year-old boy, was attacked A group of four river otters near Dowling and Otis Lakes.
He said that his mother Tiffany Fernandez could not believe that beavers were responsible for the bite marks on her son’s legs. Anchorage Daily News.
Ayden, her 13-year-old brother and two friends were riding bikes in East Anchorage.
Fernandez said the group stopped at a pond on Carriage Drive when they saw the otters, but stayed a short distance away.
River otters mysteriously attack people and pets in Anchorage, Alaska
A 9-year-old boy was taken to hospital for a rabies shot after being bitten several times near a duck pond
Nine-year-old Ayden was taken to the emergency room for a rabies shot after being bitten several times near a duck pond on Carriage Drive. His mother is believed to have shared a picture of his injuries here
“At about 7 pm my eldest son called me, and I thought he was joking when he said, ‘Mom, Ayden got bitten by a beaver,’” said the mother. ‘And I said, ‘What do you mean, an otter?’
Fernandez said that his elder son stopped to take a video of the beaver when one of them accused his younger brother.
She told the outlet, ‘She has two fangs on her back thigh, and one on the front thigh on each leg. ‘A puncture wound in his leg. While he was running he fell and the beaver carried him on his back.’
Fernandez shared photos of his son’s bites on Nextdoor.
The boy was taken to the emergency room for a rabies shot after a duck bitten several times near a pond.
Other recent attacks include a woman rescuing her dog from a pack of river otters near University Lake, as well as another dog who was attacked in a different part of the lake.
At University Lakes, otters were reported twice at a similar time last year.
In October, a husky nearly sank after being attacked by an otter while swimming.
There have been attacks in popular outlying areas such as lakes. A woman, as well as another dog, were attacked on an isolated part of the lake while rescuing her dog from a herd of river otters near University Lake
Owner Kenny Brewer said, ‘At first it was just one beaver on it, and then it looked like three more. alaska public. ‘They basically started pulling him down.
In November, the Labradoodle was pulled twice underwater, which the owner believed were otters or otters.
The government agency wrote in one: ‘The group composition of the river otters responsible for the recent attacks is unknown. Statement.
‘River otters can travel long distances on land or using interconnected waterways, and it is possible that the same group of river otters was responsible for attacks in both locations.
‘Since that time no river otters have been reported at the site of the 1 September incident.’
According to clawsRiver otters are considered ‘social’ animals that are both very intelligent and highly inquisitive.
They have been known to occasionally attack humans, A. According to 2007 study from Yale University, but interactions are considered ‘rare’ due to low population numbers.
The study says that ‘aggressive encounters’ are even less frequent.
“Efforts will be made to locate and remove this group of river otters,” said the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, citing a risk to public safety.
“Care will be taken to remove only animals displaying these unusual behaviors,” the department said.
‘Because of their aggressive behavior towards people and pets, it is likely that they will continue to do those actions in any new environment, making relocation problematic as it will move the dangerous behavior to another location.’
Two other incidents in which otters attacked and nearly drowned dogs were similarly reported last year
Doug Vincent-Lang, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the otters to be killed would be tested for rabies because of their “unusually aggressive behavior”.
‘There have been no reported cases of rabies in river otters in south-central Alaska in recent years, although the disease remains a concern.
Attacks of river otters do occur but are not considered common, Fish and Game said. It is not known whether the attacks came from the same group of otters, which may have been largely on land.
“Due to the risk to public safety, efforts will be made to locate and remove this group of river otters,” Fish and Game said. ‘Care will be taken to remove only animals displaying these unusual behaviours.’
ninety percent The world’s sea otters live in coastal Alaska under the US Fish and Wildlife Service.