Sea otter tracking thwarted by theft

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Researchers learn a lot about otters by tracking

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.

About Allison

I am the new Executive Director of The Otter Project in Monterey, California! Originally from the Bay Area, I went to school in San Diego, and came back north to Monterey for graduate school, where I found my calling: saving sea otters! Working for The Otter Project combines my passion for environmental policy with my love of animals. When not advocating for sea otters, I enjoy yoga, volunteer wildlife rehab, reading, and spending time with my cat Alyssa, who, for the record, I did not name. I have been with The Otter Project since November of 2007.
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