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Ohio DNR/Tim Daniel

Caption suggestion: River otters once were almost gone from Illinois. In 1994, Illinois DNR began releasing otters and successfully restored them to the state's rivers and streams. Otters were captured safely in Louisiana, where otters are plentiful, using the very same foothold traps and methods commonly used by Illinois trappers.
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Robert Barber/Painet Inc.

Caption suggestion: Trappers safely trapped otters in Louisiana for reintroduction in Illinois, using foothold traps. This successful reintroduction shows that techniques and equipment used by responsible trappers are safe, effective and humane as possible.
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Robert Barber/Painet Inc.

Caption suggestion: Trappers work hand-in-hand with wildlife biologists to safely capture rare and endangered species as part of reintroduction efforts.
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Ohio DNR/Tim Daniel

Caption suggestion: In 1994, Illinois biologists reintroduced otters into the state where they once were rare. License fees and special taxes from trappers and hunters further Illinois conservation efforts such as these.

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Glenn Chambers

Caption suggestion: Otters eat about 2 1/2 pounds of meat each day.  Illinois biologists have found remains of sunfish, carp, shad, bass, crayfish and frogs in otter scat. Otters will also eat salamanders, snails, clams, snakes, turtles, birds and insects.


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