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Volunteers needed to catch live fish

By CROW - | Jun 11, 2021

CROW

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife reported that it has three very hungry, growing otters to feed and is in need of volunteer anglers to catch live freshwater fish.

“One of the most important skills our otter patients need to develop is how to hunt,” Rehabilitation Manager Breanna Frankel said. “With a steady supply of live fish, the otters can finely tune their hunting skills to ensure their success once released into the wild.”

Nonnative freshwater fish, such as Mayan cichlids, are the preferred fish for staff to offer the otters. Removing invasive fish from local waterways helps to preserve native species and habitat, while also providing food for the otters. CROW is in need of a dedicated handful of volunteers to take on the task over the next couple of months. According to staff, 15-20 live fish are needed per day.

All Florida freshwater fishing regulations must be followed, including being a licensed angler.

The orphaned otters have been in care at CROW since they were just a few weeks old. North American river otters are very social creatures and otter pups typically remain with their mother throughout their first year of life. By 7 to 8 months old, they are capable of surviving on their own.

If you are interested in helping, email Frankel at bfrankel@crowclinic.org.