Waiting for mutiny on proposed Southeast Alaska sea otter bounty

Jamie Foode

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I found this article to be interesting on account of   how highly controversial the discussion of Alaska placing a bounty on sea otters that are legally taken. Although I do agree with several of the reasons listed why it is a bad idea, this article does not address the issue of a boom in the sea otter population, and the potential for it to not only crash itself but to crash several organisms in the surrounding ecosystem because they are a keystone species. But the author addresses the fact that tourists pay to see sea otters, which is a bit ridiculous when the issue at hand is the fear of an unsustainable population. My guess is that   all of the tourists who pay to see sea otters, since they are soooo cute, have never been exposed to this peer review….https://www.aquaticmammalsjournal.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=505:lesions-and-behavior-associated-with-forced-copulation-of-juvenile-pacific-harbor-seals-phoca-vitulina-richardsi-by-southern-sea-otters-enhydra-lutris-nereis&catid=9:volume-36-issue-4&Itemid=118



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