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River otters are expanding in Indiana and now occupy much of their historic range, representing a success story for wildlife conservation.

Hoosiers now have a good chance of seeing river otters in many Indiana watersheds, a memory that will last a lifetime.

Officially considered extirpated from Indiana by 1942, river otters were absent from the landscape for more than 50 years. Then in 1995, wildlife officials began releasing otters into key areas of the state.

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Volunteer fire departments, Jasper County Sheriff Deputies and Indiana Conservation Officers responded to eight separate wildfires that were burning on Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area Nov. 29.

Investigators believe the fires were deliberately set and occurred in the same area that several arson fires were reported in the spring of 2012. It is unknown if the same person is responsible for the fires.

The fires were set in Jasper County along CR 400E between CR 850N and CR 1100N and on property belonging to The Nature Conservancy along CR 300E. Another fire was later reported on CR 500E north of SR 10. The fires burned 5 to 6 acres.

Anyone that may have information about these arson fires is urged to contact Indiana Conservation Officer Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 or the Jasper County Sheriff's Department.

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Visitors to Indiana state parks and reservoirs will see some changes in user fees in 2013, but the daily entrance rate of $5 will remain the same.

“Our goal, as always, is to provide the best state parks and facilities we can for our visitors,” DNR director Rob Carter said. “We’ve made minor fee adjustments in the past to keep pace with the costs of meeting that goal. It’s now time to make a few additional changes, while also keeping in mind family budgets and the economic challenges Hoosiers are facing.”