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OttersEcology, behaviour and conservation$
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Hans Kruuk

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198565871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198565871.001.0001

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Otters, people and conservation

Otters, people and conservation

(p.224) Chapter 14 Otters, people and conservation

Hans Kruuk

Oxford University Press

This final chapter discusses the relevance of the previous data to conservation, and details various interactions between people and otters. Global changes affecting otters are discussed. Otters need high potential prey biomass, and fish populations are vulnerable. Examples of the damage to people's livelihoods caused by otters are presented. Various ways in which different species are exploited are described. Methods to trap otters are illustrated. The pros and cons of reintroductions into areas where otters have disappeared are discussed, including the important role of otters in ecosystems, and the need for ecosystem management. Conservation status is discussed by species and by continent, and examples are presented for specific conservation needs.

Keywords:   conservation, exploiting otters, damage, trapping methods, status, reintroductions

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