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Unique sight: Otters spotted roving in downtown Milwaukee

February 23, 2019

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A group of otters made a rare if not unprecedented appearance in downtown Milwaukee earlier this week.

The state Department of Natural Resources says a video of the otters along the Milwaukee River is the first documented otter sighting in downtown Milwaukee. The video was by the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design after the otters were spotted near that building.

The DNR says restoration efforts to increase water quality and habitats for fish, frogs and crayfish may have helped create a better food source for otters.

The state DNR has previously confirmed sightings of otters in northern Milwaukee County.

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