Otter symbolises good nature management

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Otter symbolises good nature management

Twenty-five years ago, water pollution, decimation of their natural habitat and traffic made otters extinct in the Netherlands. Otters were reintroduced in Northwest Overijssel in 2002, and researchers from Wageningen University & Research have been monitoring the development of the otter population ever since. There are now over 140 otters living in the wild.

Netherlands, Water land. It would be difficult to think of a more representative animal than the otter. I am amazed at how easily these animals have made themselves at home and how quickly they are multiplying. Otters are quite rightly the ambassadors for our dynamic, watery natural landscape.
Hugh Jansman

Populations are now being spotted in other places too. Otters are very fussy about their habitat, so the current increase in numbers is a sign of effective water management and nature policy. Nature’s contribution to quality of life is the main theme of Wageningen University’s 97th anniversary.