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Otterwatch 2018 should ring alarm bells about state of B.C.'s wildlife habitat

An otter is seen behind a tree in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, in Vancouver in a recent handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Sadie Brown)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Chinatown otter’s koi-killing-spree should have people asking questions about wildlife habitat after the hype around the marine mammal dies down, says the BC Wildlife Federation.

Regardless of whether you are #TeamKoi or #TeamOtter, Al Martin, the organization’s director of strategic initiatives, wants people to take that energy and put it into demanding better stewardship of B.C.’s wild animals in the face of ever growing expansion of development.

“Depleted sockeye stocks, interior coho and interior Fraser steelhead suffering from lower survival rates and lower return. The footprint of human development has increasingly affected the sustainability of habitat,” Martin says.

“A decline in both productivity of those habitats and resilience in the face of development and climate change.

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He adds, it’s up to people to demand more of the government when it comes to protecting habitat.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden has reopened after the koi were removed and will be installing automatic doors and cameras to prevent another animal from feeding on the cherished fish.