Reintroduction of the eurasian otter (lutra lutra) in Northeastern Spain: Trapping, handling, and medical management

Jesus Fernández-Morán, Deli Saavedra, Xavier Manteca-Vilanova

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Abstract

In 1993 a reintroduction project for the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) was initiated in northeastern Spain (Girona, Catalonia) to restore extirpated populations. Between 1996 and 2000, 43 otters were captured from southwestern and northern Spain and from Portugal with modified foot-hold traps and transported to Barcelona Zoo. Lesions produced by capture were classified into four categories of increasing severity. Thirty four (79%) animals had category I, three (7%) had category II, five (12%) had category III, and only one (2%) had category IV injuries. During captivity five (11%) animals died, including one from a precapture problem. Radiotransmitter devices were implanted i.p. into 36 otters to monitor postrelease movement and survival. At least three radio-implanted otters have bred successfully in Girona province, Catalonia, after release in that area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-227
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

Keywords

  • Eurasian otter
  • Lutra lutra
  • Medical management
  • Reintroduction
  • Translocation
  • Trapping

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