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Heyla! [09 Nov 2007|12:59pm]

Heyla, y'all!

Noticed it was rather inactive here, but I don't care. ^^
Ish a furre, a Blossom bat, but my mate is an Otter, so I am an Otter Lover. But yeah, I went to Yellowstone last summer and saw quite a few otters. ^^ They are so cute and make rather odd noises. ^^

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[11 Jul 2006|01:27pm]

What are river otter's personalities like? Their tendiencies..

Are there specific breeds in California and if there are, how can I find which breeds are in specific locations?


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Otters <3 [06 Jul 2006|12:36pm]

[ mood | bored ]

Hello Otter lovers of LJ.

I am currently in Summer School working on a project.

I am doing a persuasive essay and my topic is Sea Otter Endangerment and stuff. So if anyone has any information, good sites, suggestions just let me know.

I think I'm going to focus on what otters do to help our enviroment because I think if people saw what they do maybe it would get them to want to help.

Anyways. You can comment here or email me at:

Plz & Thank you!

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The Oriental Small-Clawed Otters at London Zoo [16 Feb 2006|07:45am]

Largest colony of otters I've seen in captivity yet, also one of the nicest enclosures and most suitably apted, minus the school kids throwing sandwiches.

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Otter pics 1.6.06 [07 Jan 2006|09:17pm]

Was at the desert museum and spent a lot of time at the otter enclosure :-)

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Otter Spirit Book [07 Jan 2006|09:14pm]

[ mood | amused ]

For all otter lovers, this is a great new book. I picked it up yesterday at the desert museum in Tucson AZ.

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Sea Otters Could Return to Southern Calif. [06 Oct 2005|04:25am]

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed allowing sea otters back into Southern California waters, saying that scrapping the current "no-otter zone" would boost recovery efforts for the threatened species.

The agency also recommended ending an 18-year-old program that sent more than 100 sea otters from the Central Coast to San Nicolas Island, one of the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast, in an unsuccessful attempt to establish a new population.

Wildlife advocates applauded the proposal by Fish and Wildlife, which will seek public comment until Jan. 5.

The Sea Urchin Harvesters Association, an industry group that wants to limit the number of sea otters in Southern California waters, did not return a call seeking comment. Sea urchins are a favorite food of otters.

Defenders of Wildlife, an environmental group, recently released a report saying that allowing otters back into their historical habitat in Southern California would help the species recover and attract tourists eager to see the iconic marine mammals.

The California sea otter once populated the state's entire coast, but they were hunted for their pelts and were nearly extinct by the early 20th century. Now numbering about 2,700, the species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The no-otter zone arose out of the San Nicolas Island relocation program. Designed to appease fishermen worried that the voracious animals would disrupt their industry, it targeted sea otters migrating south of Point Conception in Santa Barbara County. Otters that strayed south of the boundary were captured and sent back north.

Fish and Wildlife moved about 140 sea otters to San Nicolas Island, hoping to establish a colony outside the main population that lives between Point Conception to Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco. They thought a second group would ensure the species' survival if a natural or human-caused catastrophe, such as an oil spill, decimated the coastal population.

But the program didn't work. Most of the otters swam back to the coast and only about 30 otters remain around the island today.

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[09 Aug 2005|10:07am]

Hello...I just joined (sorry, I like to state the obvious)

Anyway, I love otters (there I go again)

My name is Jane and I live in MA. Pleased to meet you.

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Alaska Sea Otters to Get U.S. Protection [09 Aug 2005|01:45am]

Monday, August 8, 2005

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Southwest Alaska's sea otters, which came back from the brink of extinction in the 1800s, are facing another dramatic decline and could be named a "threatened" species as early as Tuesday.

There are no clear answers why the population across a wide swath of Alaska has plummeted or how to reverse the decline, said Douglas Burn, leader of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's sea otter program.

"It is a complex task, partly because we don't know with 100 percent certainty how we got here," Burn said.

Protection as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act is a start to finding those answers.

Once a notice is published in the Federal Register, which Burn expects to happen Tuesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service will be required to come up with a recovery plan.

Southwest Alaska's sea otters have recovered before. They were nearly wiped out by more than 150 years of commercial hunting before receiving international protection in 1911. By the mid-1980s, the population had burgeoned to as many as 129,000.

Today, however, only about 40,000 inhabit the area extending from the west side of Cook Inlet to the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island, west to the Aleutian Islands and beyond to the Russia-U.S. maritime border.

The move to list the sea otters as threatened follows a 2003 lawsuit accusing the Interior Department of failing to protect them. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity argued that without action, sea otters in the Aleutians and Alaska Peninsula would become extinct.

The recovery plan "is crucial because the problems with the sea otters will not be easy to address," said Brent Plater, a lawyer who led the group's lawsuit.

The situation is particularly dire in the 1,000-mile long Aleutian Island chain, which once had more than 100,000 sea otters. The Fish and Wildlife Service estimated last year that there were 8,800 sea otters in the Aleutians.

Even with the "threatened" designation, subsistence hunting will be allowed, Burn said. About 100 sea otters a year are taken by subsistence hunters in Alaska, most of them in the Kodiak area.

Commercial fishing also does not appear to present a major problem for sea otters, Burn said. A study found that in the hardest hit areas the otters' primary food was sea urchins.

What may be more of an issue is the impact of freighters in the shipping lanes off Southwest Alaska, Burn said. A fuel spill last year killed several sea otters in the Aleutians.

"It is those types of incidents, that if they happen when the population is particularly small, starts to worry conservation biologists," Burn said.

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