Thursday, August 7, 2014

Otters Attack Boy at Lake of the Woods near Kalispell

Two adult otters attacked and injured a boy on Monday, August 4th, at Lake of the Woods near Echo Lake, east of Kalispell.

The attack was reported to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks by 911 dispatch. The otters attacked the boy while he was swimming in the lake. According to FWP Investigator Brian Sommers, the boy received multiple bite wounds to his legs. Sommers said that the boy was treated and released on Tuesday from St. Luke Clinic in Polson.

FWP personnel searched the site of the attack the following night, but did not locate the otters. FWP will continue to monitor the situation. FWP spoke with residents on the lake informing them of the attack.

Otters have occasionally been aggressive. Recreationists should use caution around these aquatic members of the weasel family. The Montana Department of Health and Human Services recommends seeking medical attention and contacting your local public health department if bitten by any animal.

FWP is actively investigating the incident.

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