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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Wisconsin won't trap otter that attacked Minn. girl

  • Wisconsin officials say they won't remove or kill an otter that attacked a Minneapolis girl at a Polk County lake.
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  • Wisconsin officials say they won't remove or kill an otter that attacked a Minneapolis girl at a Polk County lake.
    A state Department of Natural Resources warden told the St. Paul Pioneer Press Thursday that the attack on 12-year-old Rory Kliewer on Saturday was an "isolated incident." The DNR could issue permits letting people trap or shoot an otter at Bone Lake. He says it doesn't plan to do so, but more otter attacks at the lake could lead the DNR to reassess the decision.
    Kliewer received rabies shots as a precaution after the otter scratched and bit her.
    A DNR biologist says otter attacks on humans are rare. She says the last report of an attack in Wisconsin that she's aware of was near Drummond in 2009.

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