MinnneCulture | The Return of the River Otter

MinnneCulture | The Return of the River Otter

For 41 years, Carrol Henderson was the Minnesota DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program Supervisor – the first person to ever hold that position. Since his retirement in 2018, Henderson has been working on a memoir about his groundbreaking work, including bringing the peregrine falcon and trumpeter swan back to the state.

Henderson spoke to producer Britt Aamodt about one of his early conservation efforts with the river otter. In the late 19th century, the river otter had been hunted out of Southwest Minnesota. But Henderson and Oscar, a river otter with a large personality, helped to restore the semiaquatic mammal to the area.

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