Great otter video! I look forward to seeing more mammals as you work through
your photo collection.
There are 35 observations (including signs, DORs, and live animals) of river
otter in Mississippi on iNatualist
About half of these appear to be from the Gulf Coast, so they may be more
abundant down there, but that could just be sampling bias. There is even a cool
observation of one napping on concrete debris at Waveland
I have seen otter at Marion WMA (Marion County), and I think I found scat of
one at Leaf Wilderness Area (Perry County). But nobody has agreed or refuted my
ID on iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/39682198). I have
not personally seen them, but other members of Pine Woods Audubon Society have
seen them at the Hattiesburg Sewage Lagoons (restricted access) immediately
adjacent to the Leaf River (Forrest County).
From: missmammal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <missmammal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> On
Behalf Of Gene Knight
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2021 8:24 AM
Subject: [missmammal] River Otter
My name is Gene Knight and I live just south of Oxford, MS. I have been a Bird
Watcher for over 35 years in MS and all over the US. Being a nature person my
birding has allowed me to see many mammals. In Dec 2019 birding with a friend
south of Oxford we encountered a RIVER OTTER in a small impoundment off the
Yocona River. My friend was able to get this video with the otter barking at
us! At first we thought it was a beaver or such. The small head and straight
thin tail plus the barking told us that it was an otter. I have seen otters a
couple other times in MS. Once at Enid Lake in Yalobusha Co. and once in Tunica
Co. I don't think they are very numerous in MS.
I have several mammal photos in my photo collection and when time allows me I
might send a few your way.
Enjoy the otter at the link provided.