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Third person attacked by 'vicious' otter on the Pilchuck River

Man: 'Vicious' Otter Popped My Raft And Chewed My Leg

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - First, we learned an otter put a little boy and grandmother in the hospital with serious injuries. Now, another victim has come forward.

"The cute little otter was not so cute," said Radek Bazant, of Snohomish.

Bazant was floating on the Pilchuck River in Washington a few weeks back when he says the otter attacked from below, popping his raft and chewing on his leg.

"It was very vicious and snarling."

When he got to shore, he says blood was pouring out of his wounds. He went right to the hospital where they patched him up before giving him a tetanus shot and antibiotics.

Bazant thought the otter attack on him might be an isolated case. It wasn't.

On Thursday, an 8-year-old boy was attacked on the Pilchuck near the same spot. When his grandmother ran in to help, the otter turned on her. She's still in the hospital with severe damage to the muscles around her eye.

Wildlife officials don`t know if the river otter was protecting its pups or its food source – but clearly it's not a fan of people. They closed that portion of the river park, and are frantically trying to trap the animal.

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rwitchwoman63 August 04 2014 at 10:45 AM

Maybe people should just stay out of the otter's territory...Besides he or she was there first!!!

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Tin Manne August 04 2014 at 10:53 AM

I believe that humans are allowed to use deadly force on an intruder into their home. Is there a law against other animals protecting their home?

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Dee August 04 2014 at 2:00 PM

So you trap the otter who lives in the water wow, cause we humans need to have all the space, control and not give a crap about wildlife whom live there.

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Susan August 04 2014 at 2:03 PM

What is wrong with these people? They are in the otter's territory and what happens happens.

When did people stop understanding the meaning of 'wild animal'?

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Mike August 04 2014 at 10:50 AM

Remember, Jesus said to do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you.

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buddwhyzr August 04 2014 at 10:51 AM

Al-Qotter the offshoot terrorist cell of aquatic insurgents.

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bdgrizcp August 04 2014 at 10:56 AM

I have only seen one otter in the wild, and watching it rip a three pound trout to shreds made me keep my distance. Like other members of the weasel family (including badgers and wolverines) they are pound for pound at least as angry as a blue crab. They do not back down.

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kimcrdr August 04 2014 at 12:34 PM

could it perhaps be rabid? very crazy, I hope they find out to make sure, glad the people attacked will be ok!

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ram4131 August 04 2014 at 10:46 AM

You go otters! Same thing is happening in the middle east when the unwanted enter their territory.

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onionson ram4131 August 04 2014 at 2:40 PM

Yes otter, show the Jews what to do when others enter and steal their land!

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itsnewst0me onionson August 04 2014 at 2:55 PM

You have that backwards...

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siketrise ram4131 August 04 2014 at 5:45 PM

ram4131 & onionson, you obviously have never read the Holy Bible. Genesis 17:8

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ram4131 siketrise August 04 2014 at 6:02 PM

I liked Genesis when Phil Collins was drummer/singer

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murphs_mom August 04 2014 at 3:37 PM

Rabies? Please tell me someone is testing for rabies. Sure, the otter could have been protecting babies or territory, but it also could have just been bat-guano crazy.

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