Should Alaskan sea otters be kept on the endangered species list?

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Representative Donald Young has introduced a bill to restart the fur trade of northern sea otters. Bill (H.R. 2714), seeks To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow the transport, purchase, and sale of pelts of, and handicrafts, garments, and art produced from, Southcentral and Southeast northern sea otters.

Holding Newborn Pup – Photo by Milo Burcham

The International Union for Conservation of Nature still lists the sea otter as an , and describes the most significant threat to sea otters as oil pollution from, oil spills. The Exxon Valdez oil spill of 24 March 1989 killed thousands of sea otters and the lingering oil in the area continues to affect the population.

All sea otters are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act which makes it illegal to hunt a sea otter or sell any products made from the body of a sea otter, unless the sea otter is harvested by an Alaskan Native for subsistence purposes.

The population growth of the Northern sea ottter is near an all-time low and harvest rates have more than doubled in the last few years. With the ever looming threat of Alaska oil drilling, this is no time to even consider removing the sea otter from current protections.

Sea otters will form a “raft” to prevent them from drifting out to sea while sleeping. Photo Michael Jay

We invite you to vote FOR or AGAINST keeping Alaskan Sea Otters on the endangered species list. Please vote and also leave your comments at the bottom of this page.

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Leigh Lofgren

They must not be allowed to be killed and this man Donald Young, needs to be traded himself. We don't want him in this world and we must start protecting our wildlife. What is wrong with you all?

Jo'Anne Semenchuk Snyder

These babies are so beautiful and sweet! Keep them growing strong! :')

Constanci Franklin

Politicians have no business amending ESA. Their motives are pandering to industry at the great cost of wildlife, and we have already seen the ravages of their undermining ESA protections. And on another note, It's reprehensibly unethical and disgusting killing off other species for their body parts. Period

Jacqueline Deely Photography

Beautiful images and thanks for posting this information. As usual, humans get to decide what nature can and cannot do. One day it will come back to haunt us.

Nadine Beulque

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Paty Fleurence

IL FAUT LAISSER VIVRE EN LIBERTÉ ET EN PAIX CES ANIMAUX !

Lyn Anne
Lyn Anne

Animals, it seems, don't stand much chance of just being able to live their lives with their families, without the intervention of 'man' sticking his nose in thus, ruin the lives of these beautiful creatures. Real fur has been banned in favour of imitation fur, in order to protect the wildlife. Long may it continue – LEAVE THEM & OTHER WILDLIFE ALONE! All creatures were on this planet long before the human race … don't they know it – they've been pestered ever since!

Lyn Anne
Lyn Anne

Animals, it seems, don't stand much chance of just being able to live their lives with their families, without the intervention of 'man' sticking his nose in thus, ruin the lives of these beautiful creatures. Real fur has been banned in favour of imitation fur, in order to protect the wildlife. Long may it continue – LEAVE THEM & OTHER WILDLIFE ALONE!

Ina Karn

Same right for every living creature… most were on this planet bevor we came in

Volt & Volume

Beautiful animal. Always loved it. But then, I love all animals.

Susan Lee

Killing anything for fur is worse than stupid. If we must needs legislate to prevent useless slaughter for such stupidity than by all means make any and all no-kill laws TOUGHER, not relax them.

delbertsmith
delbertsmith

I have been up the coast from Washington to Seward AK. lot of otters and they can be controled before the population eats all the food, there by providing quality food and other resources for the species.

Neil Brayshaw
Neil Brayshaw

With the human population still growing most other species that are still surviving are already endangered. In 2213 there will just be us and cockroaches…..xxooxx