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Studying otters

Studying otters -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale graduate student and field researcher Andrew Rutter is part of a team of researchers studying the status of the river otter in Illinois. The field team is live trapping otters in several locations. They are outfitting the otters with radio transmitters so they can study their movement, access the population health, and when needed, determine cause of death. (Photo by Russell Bailey)

Researchers studying Illinois’ river otters

Every species of animal presents its own challenge for researchers. For a team at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the river otter poses several, including: How do you monitor an animal too sleek to wear a tracking collar?

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