Posted: Jul 18, 2013 7:44 AM by Adam Bell
Updated: Jul 18, 2013 8:06 AM
BOZEMAN - Sydney Sainsbury of West Yellowstone is recovering after what's been described as a "vicious" attack by an otter.
Sainsbury was floating the Madison River on July 9 just north of West Yellowstone when she noticed the otter about 20 feet away.
Before she knew it, the otter attacked, biting through her hand, her finger and her face and scratching her legs and arms.
Friends nearby were able to finally help fight off the animal but not before several injuries that resulted in stitches and a broken hand.
"And it was just on me, it was just attaching itself to me and biting me, so it was really hard to get it off of me and that was what was really scary was being mauled by like a rodent type animal that I was never scared of before," Sydney said.
FWP has posted signs in the area warning of the danger.
A press release from FWP says: "While otter attacks are extremely rare, these are wild animals and they can be aggressive making it especially important for people to keep a safe distance from adults and their pups."