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Migrating Otters Push Law to the Limit

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Science  25 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5483, pp. 1271-1273
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5483.1271a

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Fourteen years ago, Congress declared the Southern California coast an otter-free zone--but the unwitting creatures aren't cooperating. That's no surprise to federal biologists, who this summer issued a report concluding that the otter-free zone harms the already-endangered population. Federal officials are now trying to come up with a better plan, but it's likely to draw from politics as well as science.