The forest department was also made aware about the poaching activities.
“Prawn farmers and fishermen were of the belief that otters eat up their harvest due to which they run into losses.
He added that the locals too stopped hunting after such meetings.
“Otters keep the food cycle going as it is at the top-most position in the freshwater food chain.
But we had to educate them that otters only feed on fishes that are diseased and easily available,” said Akshit Suthar, who is also part of the IUCN Otter Specialist group.
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