What’s Killing Sea Otters? Scientists Pinpoint Parasite Strain

A southern sea otter swims with its baby in Moss Landing, California. (Trina Wood/UC Davis)
A southern sea otter swims with its baby in Moss Landing, California. (Trina Wood/UC Davis)

A study from the University of California, Davis, identifies a parasite that is killing southern sea otters, tracing them back to a bobcat and feral domestic cats from nearby watersheds. The study builds on years of work by a consortium of researchers led by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

Future research and studies on these issues will continue to be conducted at the new UC Davis Veterinary Medical Center, a part of the Veterinary Medical Center Big Idea.

Via UC Davis News

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