However, the freshest tracks were the most exciting. The image shows a family of River Otters (Lutra canadensis) making their way out of the upstream end of Goodson Lake and across the mud to the main creek channel. That is likely a wise decision as the alligator tends to inhabit the downstream end of Goodson Lake.
The otter's name comes from Lutais which is Latin for "otter" and canadensis meaning "of Canada" where it was first described scientifically. Otters mate in late winter or early spring, but the embryos may not begin to form for 290-380 days! Once the embryo is implanted in the uterus, gestation occurs in about 60 days. One to six kits are born and will remain with the female until the next breeding season. Otters eat a variety of other animals, but are often seen in Beidler Forest eating mollusks, crayfish, and fish.