The Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) is among the most endangered mammals in Italy, its population being isolated and genetically distinct from other European populations. Yet, its ecology and behavior are largely unknown in Italy, preventing its much-needed effective conservation. We radio-tracked one male and one female otter daily in Southern Italy, for 1 year and 8 months, respectively. The male and female used nearly 30 and 20 km of river, respectively. The extension of the ranges varied among seasons. The male was more conservative in its spatial utilization, being mostly located around a trout farm. These first direct data on space use by wild Italian otters provided preliminary information potentially useful for a sound management of this endangered population.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2017-0157|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000480513300004|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-85059487883|
|Titolo:||First telemetry data on wild individuals from the threatened, isolated Italian otter (Lutra lutra) population|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|