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Status of translocated sea otters at San Nicolas Island, California

Southwestern Naturalist

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DOI:10.2307/3672835

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Abstract

In the 1970s about 1,650 southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) were restricted to the central California coast (Riedman and Estes, 1990), and a high volume of oil was being shipped through the region. Because of the vulnerability of sea otters to contamination from oil (Costa and Kooyman, 1982; Williams and Davis, 1995) that would likely spread wide- ly along the shore after a large spill (Van- Blaricom and Jameson, 1982), the subspecies was listed as threatened in 1977 under the United States Endangered Species Act.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Status of translocated sea otters at San Nicolas Island, California
Series title:
Southwestern Naturalist
DOI:
10.2307/3672835
Volume:
45
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
Southwestern Association of Naturalists
Contributing office(s):
Western Ecological Research Center
Description:
7 p.
First page:
322
Last page:
328