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Otter population stable

Target

1.2 No species or habitat types will become extinct or be lost, and the status of threatened and near-threatened species and habitat types will be improved.

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Status of specific threatened species
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Are we moving in the right direction? Published by the Norwegian Environment Agency

The European otter (Lutra lutra) is classified as vulnerable in the 2010 Norwegian Red List for Species. There was a bounty system for otter pelts from 1900 to 1932, after which protection was gradually introduced, and the species has been protected throughout Norway since 1982.

We do not have satisfactory figures for the otter population in Norway. However, registration of otters killed on the roads and carcasses delivered to the authorities suggests that numbers have been stable for the past ten years. 

The main stronghold of the otter in Norway is along the west coast from Troms and southwards to Møre og Romsdal, but there are strong indications that numbers are on the rise further inland and along the coast further south. 

The most important threats to otters are road traffic, fishing gear and hazardous substances. Otters are attracted to fishing gear because they feed on fish. Traps and gill nets can be lethal to otters, which may become entangled or trapped and drown.