Updated: Otter bites woman, has to be shot, sent to state lab for testing

By Daniel Dunkle | Jun 28, 2018
Video by: Laurie Nevins
Video by: Laurie Brogan
Photo by: Oregon Zoo/WikimediaCommons The North American river otter is found in both salt and fresh water.

Rockland — Maine Marine Patrol and Rockland Police responded to complaints about a river otter that came ashore at the South End beach June 27 and bit a woman.

Marine Patrol Specialist Corrie Roberts said unfortunately the police had to shoot the otter because it had bitten a human and needed to be tested for rabies. The otter was sent to a state lab in Augusta to be tested. The woman went to Pen Bay Medical Center to begin treatment for possible rabies.

Roberts said it is important for safety sake to stay away from wild animals and avoid contact with them. While river otters can appear playful, she said they are feisty wild animals that will defend themselves.

She said they normally would try to capture and move the animal in this situation, but once it has bitten someone they have to test it. As it was, police and Marine Patrol officers spent hours tracking the critter around the South End up to the Dragon Cement property and later back to the beach where it had returned.

The Sandy Beach Park near Archer's Restaurant was busy with people on the warm sunny day.

Laurie and Mike Brogan of Pennsylvania were among the people on the beach and captured the attached video of the otter.

Comments (11)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jun 29, 2018 08:08

OK Peter was waiting for the "otter" jokes to begin.   So maybe she "otter" be more careful around wild animals.  Why do you suppost they call them "wild " animals ?



Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Jun 28, 2018 15:32

These are the same idiots that go camping and want to have a conversation with a bear or any wild animal.They get what they deserve ,no pity here !

 



Posted by: johanna stadler | Jun 28, 2018 14:21

how about shooting the stupid woman who thinks she should play with a wild animal.  Seriously, a rare animal in maine for a long time and some moron has to get it killed.  duh!



Posted by: Knight Marine Service | Jun 28, 2018 13:39

Very sad that they had to kill him because foolish people were chasing and taunting him, grrrrr..... Celia Knight



Posted by: Lynette Walther | Jun 28, 2018 12:46

Seriously? Why use an image of a sea otter?



Posted by: Judith C Feyler | Jun 28, 2018 12:23

What Was the woman and her kids doing in the water with it?  Looks to me like they were chasing it.  What a shame!!



Posted by: Peter Root | Jun 28, 2018 08:26

You "otter" do something about these creatures.....LOL

 



Posted by: Peter Root | Jun 28, 2018 08:24

You "otter" do something about these creatures.....LOL

 



Posted by: Peter Root | Jun 28, 2018 08:24

You "otter" do something about these creatures.....LOL

 



Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Jun 28, 2018 03:25

Emmett come back !



Posted by: Knight Marine Service | Jun 27, 2018 22:18

Hope no one hurts him, they like to play.



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