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8/25/2022: The Log: It Could be a Cuddle Party: Feasibility report for reintroduction of southern sea otters looks positive 8/20/2022: The Atlantic: Oregon Has Mixed Feelings about the Return of Sea Otters 8/17/2022: High Country News: Returning sea otters to Oregon could revive kelp forests 8/11/2022: Siuslaw News: The feasibility of otters 8/5/2022: OPB: Yes, sea otters can be reintroduced to Oregon coast, but it must be done carefully, report says 8/4/2022: Del Norte Triplicate: Elakha Alliance praises new sea otter report 7/31/2022: The Animal Rescue Site: US Agency Says Reintroducing Sea Otters to Oregon is Doable and Could Improve Ecosystem 7/31/2022: Statesman Journal: Sea otters take ‘important step’ toward reintroduction on Oregon Coast with study 7/30/2022: LA Times: Sea otters were hunted to near-extinction. Can they be reintroduced to former habitat? 7/28/2022: Fox 13: Study: Reintroducing sea otters to the Pacific Coast is feasible, not to the next steps 7/8/2022: Newport News Times: ‘Art on the Beach’ Events in Lincoln City 3/31/2022: Oregon Zoo: Zoo awards $60,000 in grants for Oregon conservation 2/7/2022: EcoWatch: Should Sea Otters Be Brought Back to the Oregon Coast? 2/2/2022: NEWS Lincoln County: Oregon Otter Beer Challenge 2/2/2022: Bay Nature Magazine: Sea Otters in San Francisco? 12/2/2021: KGW News: Gov. Brown wants offshore wind farms, otters and heat pumps to help fight global warming 11/13/2021: NPR: Coastal tribes in Oregon hope to bring sea otters back to their community 11/12/2021: Rewilding Magazine: What will it take to bring back Oregon’s kelp forests? 10/21/2021: Sierra Club: Oregon Needs Otters! 9/24/2021: The Other Oregon: Bull Kelp Defenders Along the Oregon Coast 9/2/2021: Jacobsen Salt Co Blog: 9 Course Spiel: The Elakha Alliance’s Chanel Hason & Peter Hatch 8/30/2021: Oregon Zoo Blog: Bringing Back Oregon’s Sea Otters 9/1/2021 Newport News Times: Could Otters Come Back? 7/30/2021 Oregon Humanities: Bringing Otters Back to Otter Rock 5/13/2021 Coast Range Radio: Bringing Back Sea Otters to the Oregon Coast 4/13/2021 Coos Bay World: Oregon Zoo Foundation awards $40,000 For Conservation 1/26/2021 Former OSU graduate student and marine biologist Dominique Kone publishes his research evaluating a prospective sea otter reintroduction on the Oregon coast. Register Guard 1/7/2021 Pacific sea otter reintroduction gets a nudge from Congress Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley for Oregon added the paragraph to the federal budget bill that directs the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study the feasibility and cost of reestablishing the marine mammals where they were once hunted to near-extinction along the Pacific coast in Oregon and Washington, the Northwest News Network reported. Marin Independent 12/14/2020 Study Exonerates Sea Otters as Major Dungeness Threat: Despite concerns from fishing groups, a new study finds crab catch increasing, even as sea otter population expands. New York Times 12/3/2020: Archaeologists Could Help Bring Otters Back From the Dead: The sea mammals vanished from Oregon’s coast long ago, but a technique from human archaeology offers a clue to restoring them. KQED 11/10/2020: Sea Slugs Scrub Sea Grass by the Seashore Oregon Public Broadcasting 11/2/2020: Will Oregon See Sea Otters Again: Biologists Consider Reintroducing Sea Otters to the Orgon Coast Willamette Week 11/2/2020: Oregon’s Cutest Marine Mammal Has Been Extinct in the Wild for Almost Two Centuries. The Elakha Alliance Wants to Change That. In Oregon, the adorable sea otter can only be found in captivity. New York Times 9/10/2020: When Sea Otters Vanished, Everything Else Started to Crumble BBC 8/18/2020: The Sea Otter Rescue Plan that Worked Too Well Smithsonian Magazine 6/12/2020: Bringing Back Sea Otters Benefits People, Too: These predators compete with fisheries for shellfish along the Pacific coast, but an economic analysis explains the positives of reintroduction University of Oregon 6/2/2020: UO research explores how Native Americans used sea otters KUOW/NPR 6/17/2020: Does Cuteness Count? A Cost Benefit Analysis of the Sea Otter Return to Oregon Oregon Public Broadcasting 6/23/2020: Good News for Sea Otter Fans: A Cost Benefit Analysis Encourages Oregon Return Corvallis Advocate 6/24/2020: Economic Benefits of Reintroducing Sea Otters to the Oregon Coast NPR 6/11/2020: What Happens When Sea Otters Eat 15lbs of Shellfish a Day Oregon Public Broadcasting 2/14/2020: Bringing Back Oregon’s Sea Otters Get Federal Bucks for Feasibility Study Daily Astorian/Northwest News Network 2/17/2020: Sea Otters Could Return to the Oregon Coast: April Study to Look at Reintroduction Effort