Wet Kiss North American River Otter
by Patricia Pepin (2012) (Lontra canadensis)
Oil on linen, 30'' X 24''
When North American River Otters were subject to unregulated trapping, water pollution, and other degradations of aquatic and riparian habitats, they declined throughout most of their historic range and were extirpated from some areas.
Thanks to improvements in water quality, reintroduction projects and other management programs, otter populations have been re-established in portions of their former range.
Have we determined that relaxing water quality regulations would not put them at risk again?