The Homecoming: Pennsylvania's River
Produced by the Wild Resource Conservation Fund
Length: 60 minutes
What happened to Pennsylvania's once plentiful river otters? Watch
this video and learn the answer to that question and many others
concerning the population and characteristics of the North American
river otter. See what Pennsylvanians are doing to re-build the otters'
habitat and nurture the return of these water-loving mammals. This
comprehensive documentary shows the challenges scientists face as
they try to re-introduce the river otter into various waterways
throughout the state.
Key dates: Conservation of the River Otter in Pennsylvania
1982 - River otter reintroductions began in 1982.
1989 - From 1982 through 1989, 39 otters were released
in the Kettle, Pine, and Loyalsock Creek basins in northcentral
Pennsylvania. These otters have expanded their range and reproduced.
1990 - Otter reintroductions in northwestern Pennsylvania
began with the release of four otters in the Tionesta Creek
basin in 1990. In addition, Maryland stocked 18 otters on the
Youghiogheny River near Oakland in 1989 and 1990. The success
of these programs is due, in part, to improved water quality
and resulting improved fisheries.
1993 - More than 70 otters were released by 1993.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has recently issued
the River Otter license plate benefiting the Wild
Resource Conservation Fund. To obtain the plate, you can download
the special fund plate application
form (pdf file) right here!
Otters in Pennsylvania - PA Game Commission
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History