--  OTTER WATCH 2010: Day 14 --

--  OTTER HOTLINE / 648-7348  --

April 7, 2010 –  Due to fresh snowfall that greeted the Pikes Peak region this morning, members of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s tracking team were out early searching for otter tracks in areas that have been the focus of previous searches for the missing otter. This morning, one tracking team discovered otter tracks near a spot where Westmeadow Drive crosses over a culvert; adjacent to the Cheyenne Meadows’ King Soopers.

Zoo officials are certain that these tracks are that of an otter and were left in the mud during the last few days. This is heartening news for those tracking the wayward otter, but should not be misread. A river otter has the capability of moving within a ten square mile area in one day, but this gives the Zoo an opportunity to now refocus their search. It also puts residents in the immediate area of Cheyenne Meadows on notice that they should be on the lookout for Kitchi, the 20 to 25-pound brown river otter.

Representatives from the Zoo’s core tracking team, who have been on the trail of the otter since his March 25 disappearance, will meet with media at the location of the found tracks this afternoon at 4:30 pm. At that time the tracks and their significance will be discussed. There will also be discussion of making the distinction between otter tracks and other small mammal tracks; and how to identify them.

Have you seen our otter? View Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Otter Information  

If anyone spots the otter or observes evidence that the otter has been in your area, the Zoo asks that you do not approach the animal, but call the OTTER HOTLINE number at 648-7348 to make your report. Time of day and direction the otter was traveling in and/or type of evidence left behind is of importance in making the report to the Zoo. It is also requested that the reporting person take still photos or video of the otter, that will definitely help in the search. Images taken with cell phones are acceptable, as are photos taken with more high-end equipment.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo wants to assure the community that their pets and family members are safe if they do not provoke or corner the animal, but fish in water features, ponds and lakes are at risk.

Again, the Zoo’s OTTER HOTLINE number is 648-7348.