Japanese Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
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  • Yumiko OKAMOTO, Shou-Li YUAN, Liang-Kong LIN, Chia-Chi LI, Li-Wei CHUN ...
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    Subject area: Practical information
    2021 Volume 26 Issue 1 Pages 17-26
    Published: March 31, 2021
    Released: June 11, 2021

      The Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra chinensis) on Kinmen Island, Taiwan, has fortunately survived because of little human disturbance for a long period, along with a highly productive artificial aquatic environment. According to surveys based on droppings and infrared camera footage in 2018, otter activity in the southwest area of Kinmen Island was significantly low, as was reported previously. However, there is a need for longer-term data in order to further discuss otter activity in each area. Furthermore, in behavior monitoring based on camera footage over a two-year period from 2017, not only were reproduction and foraging activities observed but also the utilization of artifacts by Eurasian otters. However, these also showed that many stray cats and dogs are still roaming the otter habitat. Currently, the Eurasian otter is strongly protected under the domestic laws in Taiwan and has little human disturbance. Although other conservative efforts have been conducting in addition to surveys, these are mainly being conducted only by local government, so the situation is far from reassuring. Also, it seems that many local people want further economic development, hence, a long term local conservation plan for otters on Kinmen Island should be established for the sustainability. Therefore, it is essential to conduct more effective conservative efforts in Tsushima in the future with referencing other conservation activities and problems done in other countries.

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