Evidence of River Otter on the East End

Long Island River Otter Scat

The pile of scat pictured above was left by a river otter at a latrine site in Arshamomaque Preserve in Southold.  River otter scat is generally easy to distinguish from the scat of other species that may share some of its territory (raccoon, red fox, muskrat, beaver, etc.) as it contains mostly fish bones, fish scales and crab shells and has a distinct fish-like scent. Current research suggests that this single river otter spends its time traveling between the north and south fork of Long Island and Shelter Island.

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