Otters coming back to Pa., other states

Staff report

SLIPPERY ROCK, PA.

Tom Serfass, Ph.D., professor of wildlife ecology at Frostburg State University in Maryland, will discuss reintroduction of otters at 2 p.m. next Sunday at Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Road.

The program will explore the processes followed in developing and implementing the successful reintroduction of river otters in Pennsylvania.

Serfass will describe how lessons learned in Pennsylvania were applied to documenting the natural re-colonization of river otters in North Dakota and the development of tourist interests for viewing spotted-necked otters at Rubondo Island, a national park in Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

Much of the presenter’s research and conservation activities have focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of wildlife restoration programs and recovering wildlife populations.

Serfass is adjunct professor at the Appalachian Laboratory in the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and is the North American Coordinator of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Otter Specialist Group.

For information, call 724-794-6011 or email jenningssp@pa.gov.


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