- Adult river otters may be 125 centimetres (4.5 feet) in length.
- Weight can be about 11 kilograms (25 pounds).
Physical adaptations to its aquatic habitat include:
- Webbed feet
- A thick layer of insulating fat under its short, dense fur
The northern river otter is classified as Secure in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report.
Because of their naturally low population densities, river otters are trapped under a quota system that restricts the number
of animals taken by each trapper. Specific season information is provided in the current Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations.
To view the guide online or to order a printed copy, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:
Updated: May 14, 2010