PORTLAND - First it was the salmon, now it's the otters that have moved in.
The furry creatures recently set up camp in Reed Canyon at Reed College. Although otters have been spotted in the lake in years past, this is the first year they have set up a permanent residence there.
It’s a big deal for the college which for more than a decade has been working to restore Reed Canyon and bring back its native wildlife.
Thanks to that project, salmon returned to the lake a couple of years ago as did fresh water mussels and craw-fish, all food otters love to eat.
“They've obviously traveled from the Willamette up Johnson Creek to Crystal Springs to get to this beautiful head water we have right in the middle of campus,” said Zachariah Perry, Reed Canyon restoration manager.
Many of the students on campus had heard rumors that otters were there, but they hadn't seen the furry creatures themselves. They say now they’ll be looking out for them.
Even though it is on a college campus, Reed Canyon is a protected wildlife refuge. So the otter family is in a safe spot.