River otters attacked a child, a woman and at least two dogs this month, Alaska authorities said.
On September 1, a child was attacked by four otters. reported the Alaska Department of Game and Fish.
A woman was attacked while trying to rescue her dog from an otter group in Anchorage this week. A second incident involving an otter attacking another dog was reported to authorities that day.
“Attacks on river otters from Anchorage, although rare, have been reported recently,” said the Department of Game and Fish in a statement.
Authorities are searching for the river otters that were responsible for the attacks. The authorities say that the animals must be killed as moving the threat will only spread to other areas.
According to the department, all animals that have been killed will be tested against rabies for unusually aggressive behavior. Although no cases of rabies have been reported in river Otters in southern Alaska in recent decades, there is still the possibility of spreading disease.
People should be aware of the dangers around rivers and lakes, even if the otters are caught.