Russian Journal of Ecology, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2002, pp. 220–223. Translated from Ekologiya, No. 3, 2002, pp. 237–240. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2002 by Dubinin. SHORT COMMUNICATIONS River Otter (Lutra lutra L.) in Northeastern Siberia: Distribution and Numbers E. A. Dubinin Institute of Biological Problems of the North, Far Eastern Division, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Portovaya 18, Magadan, 685000 Russia Received May 18, 2001 Key words: distribution range, numbers, river otter. The river otter (Lutra lutra L.) has always been a (Mlekopitayushchie…, 1967) has not yet been con- rare species in northeastern Siberia (Stroganov, 1962; ﬁrmed or disproved. Yudin (1978), describing the range Portenko et al., 1963; Mlekopitayushchie…, 1967). of L. lutra in the Far East, does not include these rivers However, its fate became a serious concern only in the in the area of species distribution. Chernyavskii (1984) early 1990s, when the number of otters decreased dras- points out the absence of “…reliable data on ﬁnding tically and they disappeared from several areas of their otters in the basins of the Bol’shoi and Malyi Anyui riv- original distribution. To elucidate basic causes of this ers” (p. 221) but, on the other hand, notes that they
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