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Otters spotted in Bass Lake


Photo by Gina Stump

It’s not often you get to see a river otter in our neck of the woods. Gail Davis, of Spencer Township, sent us these photos taken by her neighbor, Gina Stump, of otters frolicking in Bass Lake. 

Photo by Gina Stump

“We’ve had otters on the ice for the last week,” she wrote. “The ice was melting off in front of our house and we watched four otters popping in and out of holes until all the ice melted. Yesterday another neighbor counted 5. They still had ice in front of their house. We’ve watched them here before but it’s been years.”

Gail also said she had a video of an eagle that landed on the ice next to a hole where an otter was eating a fish, but the otter dove into the water before the eagle landed.

The greatest population of otters in our state is in upper and northern Lower Michigan, with a lower density to the south.

According to animaldiversity.org, North American river otters are found anywhere there is a permanent food supply and easy access to water. They can live in freshwater and coastal marine habitats, including rivers, lakes, marshes, swamps, and estuaries. River otters can tolerate a variety of environments, including cold and warmer latitudes and high elevations. North American river otters seem to be sensitive to pollution and disappear from areas with polluted waters.

They are excellent swimmers and divers, and able to stay underwater for up to 8 minutes. They are also fast on land, and capable of running at up to 18 mph/hr. Otters normally hunt at night, but can be seen at all times of day. They normally eat aquatic organisms (fish, turtle, crabs, amphibians, etc.) and usually take slow, non-game fish, such as suckers.

Otters mate in late winter or early spring. Other than that, males and females do not associate. They can last 8 or 9 years in the wild.

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Jane Elizabeth Thomas


c-obit-thomasJane Elizabeth (Marsh) Thomas, 81, of Bass Lake, Gowen, passed away quietly on November 17, 2016, in her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Sylvia Mae Robinson and Walter Munson Cole; her husband of 32 years, Alvin Thomas; her beloved son, Thomas Marsh; her brothers, Waldo (Buddy) Cole, James (Pen) Cole and Robert (Pleck) Cole and her twin sister, Joanne Hysell.  She is survived by her six daughters, Vicki (Chris) Nelson, Bobbi (Doug) Bittenbender, Sandy (Steve) Pike, Linda Miller, Kimberly Brown, and Sara Ortiz; her 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Susan Walker and Barbara Schondelmayer.  Jane’s daughters wish to convey their sincerest appreciation to the wonderful Care Team from Kindred Hospice for the love and attention shown to their mother in her final days.  A private family memorial service will be held for Jane’s immediate family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jane can be made to Kindred Hospice, 625 Kenmore Ave SE, Suite 115, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49546.  Hurst Funeral Home is serving the family, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

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Catch of the Week


While visiting their Grandma and Grandpa Robinson on Bass Lake, near Gowen, these three boys—Tyler Robinson, 3, Nick Robinson, 5, and Nathan Robinson, 9—had fun catching some pan fish and releasing them. They are the children of Bob and Julie Robinson.

Congratulations to Tyler, Nick and Nathan! You made the Post Catch of the Week!

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Catch of the Week


OUT-Catch-Hannah-ReedOUT-Catch-Zachary-ReedHannah Reed, 6, and Zachary Reed, 6, of Cedar Springs, were fishing at their grandma and grandpa’s cottage at Bass Lake, in Gowen, on Monday, May 27, when they caught these beauties. Hannah and Zachary are the children of David and Kerri Reed, and attend Cedar Trails Elementary.

Way to go, Hannah and Zachary!  You made the Post Catch of the Week!

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