Causes Of Decline In Sea Otter

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Decline in Sea Otter Population During the pacific maritime fur trade in 1969, sea otters were hunted until they were almost extinct. After that incident, sea otter hunting was prohibited by international treaty in 1911, because of this a dozen remnant colonies survived. While the North Pacific Ocean recovered at rates of 17-20% in the first year, the population in California hasn’t grown at more than one-third of that rate and they are currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Even though the sea otter population in California is declining, the geographic range of the population is expanding to the north as well as the south and its brought sea otters in the south closer to the potential effects of oil and gas development,

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