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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ireland to Protect Threatened Otters

Otters are disappearing in Ireland and the government is concerned enough to implement protection measures to help them. It also passed measures to help a rare spotted slug (not as cute, but just as important!)

Survey work found {otter} numbers had declined by 18 percent in the last 25 years mainly as a result of water pollution, the loss of riverside habitats and roadkills.

Otters are already a protected species and a new conservation plan involves 29 additional protection measures over five years aimed at returning the population to its pre-1980s level.

New conservation measures are also aimed at protecting the so-called Kerry slug which is now only found in some woods and bogs in Counties Kerry and Cork in the south-west of the country.

Photo by Up the Banner.

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