Prey choice and habitat use drive sea otter pathogen exposure in a resource-limited coastal system.

@article{Johnson2009PreyCA,
  title={Prey choice and habitat use drive sea otter pathogen exposure in a resource-limited coastal system.},
  author={Christine Kreuder Johnson and M. Timothy Tinker and James A. Estes and Patricia A. Conrad and Michelle M. Staedler and Melissa C. Miller and David A. Jessup and Jonna A. K. Mazet},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2009},
  volume={106 7},
  pages={2242-7}
}
The processes promoting disease in wild animal populations are highly complex, yet identifying these processes is critically important for conservation when disease is limiting a population. By combining field studies with epidemiologic tools, we evaluated the relationship between key factors impeding southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) population growth: disease and resource limitation. This threatened population has struggled to recover despite protection, so we followed radio-tagged… CONTINUE READING