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Case study: How prey choice and habitat use affects the sea otter population

A study conducted by Johnson et al. (2009), examined how two diseases affect the population growth of sea otters.  More specifically, it investigated how the choice of prey and habitat use affects the population of the southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis). Regardless of federal protection, sea otters are struggling to recover and it is […]

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