Eurasian Otters

A trio of scientists from the University of Jammu’s Institute of Mountain Environment (IME) at Bhaderwah camera­ trapped three Eurasian otters – two adults and one sub­adult – in the Neeru stream of the Chenab catchment in Jammu & Kashmir.

Key Facts regarding Eurasian Otter:

  • IUCN status – Nearly threatened
  • Species recovery score – 40
  • Habitat – Terrestrial + Freshwater + Marine areas (Forest, Shrubland, Grassland, Wetlands (inland), Marine Neritic, Marine Intertidal, Marine Coastal/Supratidal, Artificial/Aquatic & Marine)
  • Threats: Residential and commercial development, Agriculture and aquaculture, Transportation, pollution and climate change.
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Global distribution of Eurasian Otter

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Note: Neeru is a 30­km perennial stream that originates in the Kailash Lake at 3,900 metres above mean sea level and drains into the Chenab at Pul­Doda. The Gupt Ganga temple (The historic Shiv temple, which is entirely composed of stone slabs) of Bhaderwah is located on the bank of this river.

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