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Kitchi, the otter who masterminded a successful escape from his Cheyenne Mountain Zoo enclosure on March 25, is still on the loose, despite three other accomplice otters being quickly rounded up nearly two weeks ago. But officials are finally reporting progress in their extensive dragnet of Colorado Springs, reporting that they’ve found otter tracks in the mud beneath an overpass. Although the tracks may be several days old, zoo officials say they feel confident they’re on the trail of the elusive Kitchi, writes the Gazette. Kitchi’s distinctive prints were discovered in a culvert beneath Westmeadow Drive, behind the Cheyenne Meadows King Soopers, says zoo tracker Nichole Mantz: “This was our first stop [Wednesday], so it was a little surprising.” Otters like Kitchi aren’t native to Colorado, making Mantz sure the tracks are Kitchi’s. The zoo has deployed a team of trackers who hope to snare the otter, along with a van loaded with capture gear. If you know something, call the 24-hour otter hotline at 719-648-7348.

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