Environment otter be improving
So, did you see this story last week about the river otter who is now making his home in a seaside pond in San Francisco?
Tourists are flocking to see him, and for good reason. The little guy is a sign that the region is on the environmental upswing. It probably helps that he's really cute, too.
According to an Associated Press article, river otters used to be a common sight in the region but were forced out due to hunting, pollution and development. In fact, it's been decades — nearly 50 years — since one has been spotted there.
But now, after years of work and regulations, the water quality and habitat have improved enough that this otter has moved in.
Researchers are hopeful that others will come to the area and start a colony with the otter, which was first spotted in September.
It's great news, and a clear sign that the area's environment is returning to a healthier state.