In his 32 years as a B.C. conservation officer, Sgt. Len Butler has never seen anything odder.
“Yes, I was one of the officers who attended the call about the otter attack,” Butler told The Province. “There is no question that this was unusual.”
The experienced wildlife officer was called after a pair of rogue river otters teamed up on a woman swimming in Greeny Lake, a popular fishing spot about 11 kilometres east of Lac la Hache in the Cariboo.
The swimmer, Surrey resident Theresa Weltzin, watched in horror as the nimble critters clawed and bit her body while she was treading water.
“It was quite surprising how extensive (her injuries) were,” Butler said. “They went from her hands to her feet.”
About 80 metres offshore, Weltzin screamed for help. Someone nearby had a kayak and was able to paddle over, scare away the otters and help the bleeding woman back to shore.
It was there that Butler met Weltzin. “She was in good spirits, but she was banged up a bit,” Butler said.
The conservation officer then headed to the lake to see if he could find the cute culprits.