River otters have attacked a child, a woman, and at least two dogs this month, Alaska authorities said.
A child was chased and bitten by a group of four otters on Sept. 1, the Alaska Department of Game and Fish reported.
This week, a woman was bitten while rescuing her dog from a group of otters in Anchorage. A second incident in which an otter attacked a dog was reported to authorities that day.
“River Otter attacks in Anchorage, although rare, have been reported over several years,” said the Department of Game and Fish in a statement.
Authorities are currently searching for the otters behind the attacks. Authorities say that relocation will only relocate the threat to another region and the animals will need to be killed.
The department stated that any animals found to be lethal will be tested for rabies because of their aggressive behavior. Although there hasn’t been any reported cases of rabies in river Otters in Southcentral Alaska in recent decades, there is still the possibility of spreading disease.
People are advised to be vigilant when they are near rivers and lakes until the otters can be captured.