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2 NEVADA OTTERS WILL BE RELEASED IN NORTHERN UTAH

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Two river otters captured in Nevada will be released next week in northern Utah's Green River area, near Flaming Gorge Reservoir, the state Wildlife Resources Division said Monday.

"We have a few individuals in Utah now," said division spokesman Ron Stewart. "Our goal is to reintroduce river otters into their historic habitat. They were once common in Utah, but habitat changes and extensive trapping just about wiped them out."The division obtained permission to trap 15 of the animals from stable populations in northeastern Nevada. And the first two, a male and a female, are being held at Salt Lake City's Hogle Zoo in preparation for the scheduled Oct. 2 release, said Stewart.

"We're going to let them go in Red Creek," he said, "in an area that's closed to trapping."

Red Creek is a tributary to Green River, midway between the Little Hole area and Brown's Park, downstream from Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Daggett County.