A River Otter in Fernbank Forest

On two seperate occassions a River Otter (Lontra canadensis) was spotted in Fernbank Forest by biologists from Fernbank Science Center. The otter was most likely foraging along the stream bank in search of small fish and crustaceans, eventually making its way to the pond in Fernbank Forest, where it was spotted on both occasions. Unfortunately, attempts to photograph the otter were unsuccessful. The foot print pictured below was captured near the pond in a sand bank and may be from the otter. However, the print could be from a Raccoon, which are common in Fernbank Forest.

Otter print?
Image by Dr. Erich Tilgner - FSC