Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA Rangers are advising people to avoid entering the water in Manzanita Lake due to the threat of attack from river otters. A visitor was severely injured by a river otter while swimming in the area on Thursday 25th June 2020.
River otter danger in Manzanita Lake. For your safety, do not enter the water or use soft-sided flotation devices in the area highlighted on the map. A visitor was severely injured by a river otter while swimming in this area on 6/25.
-River otters have sharp and powerful teeth and sharp claws.
-They are territorial and will protect their young with aggression.
-The river otter in this area is most likely a female protecting its young and den.
Please report any river otter incidents, especially aggressive behavior, to a park employee or at a visitor center.
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