The first confirmed camera trap record of a live hairy-nosed otter in the coastal streams of Cambodia. These small streams are hidden in densely vegetated forests and difficult to penetrate, thereby protecting the otters from large settlements nearby. Many thanks to Mr. Tangkor Dong of Conservation International and to Annette Olsson for bringing it to OSG’s attention!
Belfast based Quercus Consultants has been awarded 129,981 Euros ($171,050 USD) to develop and manage the otter survey in Ireland. The study, which includes details of their population and diet patterns is expected to conclude in March 2012. The otter has seen a decline in the population in Ireland since the 1980′s . It is protected by the EU Habitats Directive .
Lutra lutra was once found in significant numbers in many regions, including streams and coastal plains. It has disappeared from areas around the Jezreel and Zevulun valleys, but has remained stable in a region stretching from the sources of the Jordan river to the Harod and Beit She’an valleys further south. The survey was conducted by the Society for the Protection of Nature in cooperation with researchers at Tel Aviv Universiry, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Migal, a technology centre in Galilee.
A project to lure otters back to the uplands of Bolton in the UK has helped United Utilities earn a reputation as one of the world’s most socially responsible companies. The water company is building otter friendly quiet zones of wet woodland at Wayoh reservoir. The creation of ‘otter havens’ is just one example of good work featured featured in the company’s annual Corporate Responsibility Report. The company now features in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index .
Weymouth’s first otter safari sold out days before the event. Run by the RSPB a two hour night walk through the Radipole lake reserve the group tried to find the elusive otter. The otters kept out of the group’s way, but the leader found fresh otter spraint (scats) and tracks, and a passage through the water reeds.
Anglers have been told to clean up their act in Stamford, UK, after an otter was found dead, tangled in discarded fishing wire. Volunteers clean up the river Welland every weekend and often find discarded wire. The Environmental Agency has warned that otters, water voles and native crayfish are all protected by law ,and and their accidental demise could result in a £5,000 fine or 6 months in prison.
Found on a Herefordshire Industrial Estate, the little otter cub was found weak, underweight and disorientated, and believed to be four or five weeks old. A local wildlife hospital collected the otter, and gave him a specially made fish smoothie. He has now gone to Scotland to live with other orphaned otters and will be released back into the wild
North American river otters have been spotted on several occasions at the pond in Ashland, Oregon, since it was built in the 1970′s but a group of 6 have been seen during the past month. A few species of pan fish and goldfish which have been illegally introduced to the small pond seem to be drawing the otters here said Mark Vargas, the Rogue District wildlife biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife