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River otter?

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From: Janet Ward
Beach Park, IL
Twice now I have seen a black very long animal sliding across the snow at night, then it disappears. We live on a creek going into Lake Michigan in IL . The creek is completely frozen, but in the summer one time I saw it in the creek then go up stream, could this be a river otter?

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From: Laura Kammin
Visiting Extension Specialist, Pollution Prevention
Extension-Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
Other possibilities would be mink or weasel, depending on how long it was.

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