Otters on Tour to Teach
The department brought an otter to Bass Pro Shop to raise awareness about these animals in Missouri. More than 300 people showed up to learn about how the Conservation Department brought the otter population back from 1982 when there were only 70 otters left in Missouri.
"The Conservation Department is responsible for fish, forest, and wildlife in the state and the restoration of those critters that used to live here that we've destroyed. And the otter was one of those. So these animals have been brought back from the brink of extinction, and we wanted to tell the conservation story," said Glenn Chambers of the Department of Conservation.
The department brought in 845 otters from Louisiana during the restoration and has been touring schools for the last 13 years to teach kids about these efforts. Now they're at Bass Pro Shop four times a year to tell the story.