A sea otter radio tracking device being used to track Olive the Otter (of facebook fame) was reported stolen. The tracker belongs to the Department of Fish & Game, and was being used to keep track of Olive’s movements and patterns.
This is really unfortunate–especially given Olive’s near movie star status, at least online. It’s incredibly difficult to rehab oiled sea otters, and success stories are something of a rarity. Knowing how otters move around in the wild is useful to researchers in general, but knowing how they act post-rehab can give a different kind of insight.
The Department is seeking information about the theft and the whereabouts of the device. Informants can call 1-888-DFG-Caltip (1-888-334-2258), with the option of remaining anonymous. Also check out the DFG page.