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DNR won't remove or kill otter that attacked 12-year-old girl

LUCK, WI (WTAQ) - The state DNR says it will not kill or remove an otter that injured a 12-year-old girl in northwest Wisconsin last weekend.

A warden tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that last Saturday's attack of Rory Kliewer was an "isolated incident."

The Minneapolis girl received rabies shots as a precaution, after the otter bit and scratched her while she was getting out of Bone Lake near Luck in Polk County.

The DNR could issue permits to let people shoot or trap an otter at Bone Lake, but the agency says it won't do so for now -- but it will be considered if there are future attacks.

Experts say it's rare that an otter goes after a human. The last such case in northwest Wisconsin was in 2009 near Drummond.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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