A Study on the Distribution of Smooth-Coated Otter

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Satish Kumar Sharma


Smooth-coated otter was once distributed in a big part of the Rajasthan State. This situation lasted upto 1955-65. After this period, animal killing was started for its pelt to make the country shoes (Jutis). This destructive practice lasted till the commencement of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. But it was too late and species became exterminated in a big part of the State. Habitat loss and anthropoginic disturbances also took heavy toll form the speices. Now it is mainly confined to Chambal river system. Efforts should be done to introduce the species in big water bodies like Jakham, Bisalpur and Mahi dams. Once successful, such efforts should be started in newer areas within its distribution range.

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Sharma S. A Study on the Distribution of Smooth-Coated Otter. ANSDN [Internet]. 31Jul.2022 [cited 29Jan.2023];10(01):. Available from: https://anushandhan.com/index.php/ANSDHN/article/view/1744
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