In Pennsylvania, United States
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This cache is part of the “DCNR - Legacy of Conservation” Geocaching Trail (see “Related Web Page” link above). Collect all the Pennsylvania Legacy of Conservation cards – one from each of the 30 caches in the trail – and show them all at one of the validation centers to receive a Legacy of Conservation geocoin (non-trackable). This geotrail will be archived on June 30, 2013.
In the late 1600s, one Englishman enthusiastically wrote that the area “aboundeth with beavers, otters, and other meaner furrs, which are not only taken upon the banks of the main river, but likewise in other lesser rivers.” Historical records indicate that river otters (Lutra Canadensis) previously inhabited every major watershed in Pennsylvania. Unregulated trapping and habitat loss during the 1800’s and early 1900’s caused the state’s otter population to decline and become restricted to the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. Thirty years after they became a protected species in 1952, East Stroudsburg University students working with river otters in the Poconos came up with the idea of moving some of them back to their historical habitats around the state. In 1982, Dr. Tom Serfass of Frostburg State University coordinated an effort that successfully captured and moved four otters into Potter County’s Kettle Creek. The otters were fitted with radio transmitters, which allowed Serfass and the others to confirm that the otters were not only surviving, but breeding in their new habitat. It was the first time that breeding by translocated otters was confirmed by field studies. This cache is less than a mile from where the first otters were released. PARK at the parking area - do not attempt to drive the access road. Cache can be accessed directly from the road - no need to bushwhack.
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Last Updated: on 6/6/2013 2:41:43 AM Pacific Daylight Time (9:41 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum