Otter and her pups shut down tours at historic Davidson windmill

By KBJR News 1

May 17, 2014 Updated May 18, 2014 at 1:08 PM CDT

Brule, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Here's a story you otter hear.

Every third Saturday, the Old Brule Historic Society invites people to tour the historic Jacob Davidson homestead and windmill on Highway 13.

The site celebrates the tangible history of the area's strong Finnish settler heritage.

Saturday was the grand opening for the season, but when Historic Society spokesperson Jim Tellman went to vacuum the windmill that morning, he was greeted by a very defensive otter mother, who apparently was guarding her babies on the windmill's second floor.

Since she has no plans of going anywhere soon, Tellman said tours were effectively ended for the day.

"We had two guests from New Zealand," laughed Tellman, "but it's pretty slim pickings. And we can't put our tour sign out; the DNR thought it would be probably better if we didn't have a lot of people around here during the day."

Tellman says they plan on letting nature run its course, and let the mother leave when her pups are a little older, and instinct kicks in.

...hopefully by the end of June, for the next tour.

Billy Wagness
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