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August 5, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Wildlife agents to trap mama otter suspected in Pilchuck River attack

Wildlife agents believe they’ve found the otter that attacked a woman and her grandson at a swimming hole on the Pilchuck River.

Last Thursday, Bryce Moser was swimming in the river with his grandma, Lelani Grove, when he apparently got too close to the otter. The animal attacked Moser, and when Grove attempted to save her grandson, it began viciously scratching and biting her.

Grove suffered injuries to her face and body, requiring hundreds of stitches.

Agents for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have found a female otter with a new litter near the swimming area, said department spokesman Craig Bartlett. They plan to trap the otters and move them to another location to avoid further attacks.

The otter likely turned on the swimmers to defend its litter, said Bartlett.  In his 15 years with the department, Bartlett said, he’s never heard of an otter attacking a person in Washington.

“It’s unusual,” he said. “Anywhere it’s unusual, but it’s certainly unusual in our state.”

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