I have taught the ways of the wilderness for well over thirty years and have authored a novel which dives deep into the shadows that follow you as you traverse wilderness trails. It is my hope to reach as many people as possible to tell everyone that the wilderness is not a place to be wary of. It is the only place where a person can dig deep into their soul and find that which is hidden to them by modern day society.
~ R.G. Wright - Hawks Shadow

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Slick the River Otter.

River Otters live to have fun. They seem to be tireless and will chase each other around a pond for hours. 

I watched as one family tobogganed down a snow covered embankment for over an hour. Tucking their front legs under their bodies and pushing with their hind legs they shot down the hill with great enthusiasm. 

Slick is somewhat of a loner, he likes to keep to himself but loves it when I put my canoe into the pond. He will swim under and around the boat as if coaxing me to dive in with him. He is punctual, showing up on the pond every two weeks. 

River Otters are a great indicator species. If an Otter frequents your lake or pond, you can rest assured that the quality of the habitat is good. 

No other mammal can match the agility of the Otter in the water. This clan can outmaneuver almost anything with fins, feet or paws.  

Inquisitive yet shy of humans, they will softly bark and lift their heads higher in the water to take a look at you. 

When canoeing in Algonquin and other wilderness areas, you will come across these fun loving creatures, give them room and they will entertain you with their antics. 

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