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The Near Threatened Eurasian otter Lutra lutra in Morocco: no sign of recovery

  • Miguel Delibes (a1), Javier Calzada (a2), Miguel Clavero (a1), Néstor Fernández (a1), Carlos Gutiérrez-Expósito (a3), Eloy Revilla (a1) and Jacinto Román (a1)...

Abstract

Although the Near Threatened Eurasian otter Lutra lutra has been recovering in Europe since the 1980s nothing is known about population trends of the species in northern Africa. Ninety sites was searched for signs of otters in northern and western Morocco in 1983 and we repeated this survey in 2011. At each site we searched for otter spraints (faeces) or clear footprints along a maximum of 600 m of river bank, ending the search when the first sign was found. Overall results were strikingly similar in 1983 and 2011, with 36 positive sites and the same general distribution pattern of the species. Healthy otter populations appear to remain in the foothills of the Middle and High Atlas but the trend of populations disappearing from the relatively flat Atlantic slope has increased. The results are in clear contrast with the recovery of otter populations in Europe, probably because of differences in the implementation of environmental policies, especially regarding water pollution.

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The Near Threatened Eurasian otter Lutra lutra in Morocco: no sign of recovery

  • Miguel Delibes (a1), Javier Calzada (a2), Miguel Clavero (a1), Néstor Fernández (a1), Carlos Gutiérrez-Expósito (a3), Eloy Revilla (a1) and Jacinto Román (a1)...

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