In anticipation of a Maryland Department of Natural Resources project to reintroduce river otters into western Maryland, biologists from the Maryland State Highway Administration built "dens" on a newly-created wetland in Allegheny County - a site designed for the habitat needs of the river otter. They built the denning structures out of scrap corrugated pipe, crimping the pipe at one end and burying it into the slopes of the wetland. When the otter reintroduction project lost its funding, Maryland State Highway Administration provided the money to transport 25 otters from the eastern shore to the Allegheny County site. The released otters have thrived in their new location and expanded their population to other watersheds.
--Apr 25, 2003
|Maryland State Highway Administration photo|
|River otter released in a newly-created wetland in Allegheny County|