River Otter - return to the Baker Wetlands
Update: I checked with Roger Boyd from Baker and he said it was a river otter. He has a great website on the Baker Wetlands. He told me that they had a sighting of a river otter back in early 2008 but it was hit by traffic in August of 2008. But it looks like they are back.
Can anyone confirm that this is a river otter and not a mink? Also, does anyone out there know how rare these are in Kansas? I saw this one down at the Baker Wetlands in Lawrence, Ks. The light wasn't very good and this shot was handheld at 600mm @ 1/60 without IS so it's a little soft. But it was fun to watch these guys play.
From the KSR website:
At one time the river otter was distributed along all the major rivers and many permanent streams throughout Kansas. The last specimen known to have been collected in Kansas was taken in 1904 near Manhattan. River otters may still occur in northeastern Kansas along the Missouri River.