FRANKLIN (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating after a fisherman was attacked by a river otter.

This happened at about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the water near Riverfront Park in Franklin, Venango County.

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Wildlife Conservation Officer Ronda Bimber says a 27-year-old man was standing in the water near French Creek and the Allegheny River fishing when the river otter swam towards him and attacked him.

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“The angler sustained five bites to the leg and one on his big toe, along with numerous scratches to his legs,” Bimber said in a press release. “The incident ended when he was able to kick the otter in the head.”

The officer is asking anyone with information to call her at 814-432-3187.

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