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Translation from Spanish: Jessica Groenendijk and Frank Hajek
1Delegacioón Técnica Regional Noroeste, Administración de Parques Nacionales. Santa Fe 23, 4400 Salta, Argentina. E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
A sampling method was adapted for the detection of the Neotropical Otter (Lontra longicaudis) in the water courses of the Yungas (cloud forest) and transition to Chaco Serrano (semi-xerophytic forest) environments of the National Park, with the objective of determining its distribution and with the intention of monitoring the species over several years. Secondly, habitat data is taken and faeces are collected for their possible analysis.
Once the project had been formulated, it was put into practice in the field and 15 sites were surveyed between August and November 1997, which, together with 2 trial sites, totals 16 positive and 1 negative result. In general, evidence of otter presence was abundant. A second phase of the project is planned in order to complete the first batch of sites monitored and then ensure continuity of this monitoring. It is intended to cover, in order of priority; the lower, middle and upper sectors of the sub-watershed encompassed by the park.
The Park rangers support and are being trained by this project. We invite those interested in analysing the scats to contact the above to carry out a joint investigation.
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