Beware of otter: Two more take bites out of St. Michael swimmer

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 2, 2012 - 11:25 PM

Three attacks have been reported this summer. The latest was 60 miles from one reported last month.

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george13Aug. 2, 12 9:35 PM

As of today (August 2) there have been exactly zero reports of zebra mussels attacking swimmers in Minnesota. Which is the bigger threat?

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gcrackerAug. 2, 12 9:48 PM

People "otter" stay out of those lakes.

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kennyrogersAug. 2, 1210:08 PM

Maybe Mr. Mlynar doesn't have a problem shooting them, but I do. In South American, the Giant Otter is endangered from being shot. They can be up to 7.9 feet long with a 28 inch tail and weigh 80 pounds. They feed on Piranhas. And Piranhas feed on them. They also have strong protectiveness towards the young. All group members may aggressively charge intruders, including boats with humans in them. They have babies in August when the water is lower and easier to find fish. Maybe this is why they are attacking swimmers in Minnesota, to protect their babies. I don't blame them. Just stay out of the water.

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valkyrie11Aug. 2, 1210:41 PM

WOW, now we got Zombie Otters? lol.

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fdrebinAug. 2, 1210:42 PM

just when you thought it was safe to go in the water. jaws. otter jaws.

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davepenAug. 3, 12 1:13 AM

If we start shooting otters here, the Piranhas will get out of control and then where would we be? Leave the otters alone--I don't like Piranhas.

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strat1954Aug. 3, 12 5:43 AM

This is an otterly amazing story.

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strib1991Aug. 3, 12 5:58 AM

Good grief! I love how these stories get dramatized . . . "SHREDDED her wet suit". The writers make it sound like she crawled out of the lake, bleeding profusely and in tatters. Really! LOL! She was bit by an otter not attacked by a grizzly! People don't need to be out swimming in every pond that's out there. I think the "rum colored murky water" would be a turnoff for most people, but there always has to be that ONE person. The reporters dramatize these rare and random events and pretty soon you have every trapper in the state feeling like they have to play God and get out there and "trap dem' der critters!" Nothing is sacred - even dirty, murky, northwoods ponds.

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Thumper5316Aug. 3, 12 6:16 AM

Another reason to not become a triathlete. If its not the dogs chasing the bikes it's the otters in the lakes.

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minneg56Aug. 3, 12 6:35 AM

Animals typically don't lash out unless they feel threatened. I hope this doesn't become a trend! Bit if it does they could make a new reality show on this called ... The Otter Limits ...

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