Otters Legislative proposals target Missouri Department of Conservation By Marshall Griffin • Dec 24, 2015 Nick Varvel / Flickr The Missouri Department of Conservation would have to pay up if two new legislative proposals become law. One pre-filed bill would require the department to pay for any property damage caused by "wild otters, elk, or bear." Paying For Success: River Otters Are Being Trapped Again In Illinois By Mark Memmott • Nov 26, 2012 "They're wonderful, they're great. But sometimes too much is too much." That's the basic problem confronting Illinois and its wild river otters, state Department of Natural Resources biologist Bob Bluett said earlier today on Morning Edition.