River Otters Still Living in South Lake Tahoe
Very few records of otters in the basin exist, and the limited amounts that do are old, according to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
However, South Lake Tahoe resident Bettina McIntyre said she’s been lucky enough to observe a pair of the animals over the last couple years. They’ve been swimming, splashing and sliding in a lagoon near her Tahoe Keys home.
“A lot of people don’t know they live up here,” McIntyre said, adding. “I think they’re kind of cute.”
Otters have been known to exist in Lake Tahoe for many decades, although at one point the population was down to occurring only at Marlette Lake, according to Shay Zanetti, fish and wildlife biologist for LTBMU.
Since then, they have been detected at Fallen Leaf Lake, the ...