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.
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.