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otter

an aquatic mustelid, closely related to polecat and marten. Has dark brown glossy, dense fur, webbed toes and a broad tail, short face whiskers and ears that can be closed off when diving. There are several species, Lutra, Aonyx spp. and the much bigger sea otter (Enhydra lutis).
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Now, with steadily rebounding numbers of otters chowing down on all this tasty and valuable seafood, there is ramped-up conflict over wildlife management and fishing regulations.
The otters are currently engaged in outdoor activities to prepare them for life in the wild such as swimming and catching fish.
She said: "At the time that the otter lived, the area where its remains were found included a swamp or a shallow lake surrounded by evergreen forest or dense woodland.
This comparison showed a clear trend of smaller otters having sturdier jaws, except when it came to S.
The otters numbers must surpass the threshold of 3,090 for another year before the FWS would consider delisting the subspecies, which is currently designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
If the guests are lucky, they can see the otters clean their fur by biting it and scratching it against rocks.
In the 1970s, the California population of sea otters was restricted to the Central California coast.
As members of the weasel family, otters are closely related to badgers, ferrets and minks.
The litter of Asian short-clawed otters is the first for Annie and Wallace.
Although the species is highly dependent on freshwater, otters traverse through and forage within a variety of habitats that include terrestrial, marine, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems (Kruuk 2006).
In the years since re- introduction, sightings of river otters and reports of damage to personal property and state fish hatcheries have increased, with a maximum number of damage reports exceeding 700 between 2005 and 2006 (Barding, 2011).