U.S. scraps ‘otter-free zone’ in Southern California waters

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to allow sea otters to roam freely down the Southern California coastline, abandoning its program to relocate the voracious shellfish eaters from waters reserved for fishermen.

Federal officials determined that their sea otter trans-location program had failed after 25 years and thus they were terminating it, according to a decision published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

“As a result,” the federal notice said, “it allows sea otters to expand their range naturally into Southern California.”

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