This is from an MDC article in June, 2007:
"Otters now exist in every county in the state and in most watersheds, even those miles from the original release sites. And, they made their way into places we never would have believed they could, and where they were really not wanted. "  They estimated the state population then around 10,000.
Mike Grant
Chesterfield, MO

From: Chrissy McClarren <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Mon, February 22, 2010 6:59:37 PM
Subject: Creve Coeur Lake sightings 2/22/10 - Is an Otter possible?

First, I swear I saw an OTTER while at Creve Coeur Lake today.  Is that possible, or was I seeing things?

I ran into the Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker and partner(?) while there as well.  They were very active.  Thanks for the tip on the Pileated, Bryan - or I definitely would have thought I was seeing things.

Here are other highlights (I didn't have my spotting scope but there were lots of ducks and gulls - the only one I am willing to identify without my scope for sure were the COMMON MERGANSERS.):

Bald Eagle - 1
Great Blue Heron - 2
Kingfisher - 1 female
Common Mergansers - not sure of number - 8?
Faraway patches of unidentified Ducks (no scope - I could kick myself) 
Ring-billed Gulls - over 150 or more (that's the most I have seen there)
Savannah Sparrows - 15
White-throated Sparrows - 20
Chickadees - 8
Robins everywhere - 50 or more
Pileated Woodpeckers - 2
Downy Woodpeckers everywhere - 15
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Brown Creeper - 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1
Winter Wrens - 2
Carolina Wren - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Owl in flight (couldn't ID for sure) - 1

Lots of deer...

Chris McClarren
St. Louis City
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