Otter that attacked swimmers in Washington is dead

Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Wildlife officials in Washington state say the otter that attacked a boy and his grandmother as they were swimming in a river has been tracked down and killed.

Capt. Alan Myers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday that federal officials shot the male otter the Pilchuck River near the place where the attack took place at the end of July, about 30 miles northeast of Seattle.

Myers says officials are nearly certain they got the right otter because of its unusually aggressive behavior. Otters are more likely to avoid people than to attack them.

The otter that was shot Sunday afternoon was at least 4 feet long. A necropsy is being conducted to find out if some disease or injury may have contributed to his aggressive behavior.

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