01 September 2011 BREAKING: California Governor Signs Bill for Sea Otter Fund Extension Posted by: Defenders of Wildlife | 1 comment | Share: A win for wildlife! Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB971, the pro-sea otter bill that Defenders co-sponsored with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This law reestablishes the California Sea Otter Fund on state income tax forms for another five years. This fund is the main source for investigating the problems southern sea otters face in California through a great research collaborative that is studying many aspects of the population. The following is a statement from Jim Curland, Defenders’ marine program associate: “This is a great day for sea otters! We are very grateful to Assemblyman Bill Monning for introducing this legislation reestablishing the California Sea Otter Fund for another five years. This Fund is critical to understanding the problems facing sea otters in California and figuring out ways to recover and protect this fragile population. Defenders of Wildlife greatly appreciates Governor Brown signing this bill into law today.” Read Assemblyman Monning’s Press Release (PDF) about this great success. One Response to “BREAKING: California Governor Signs Bill for Sea Otter Fund Extension” Carol Milligan February 20th, 2014 Proud to qbe a Californian and our wonderful pro-active governor. Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in A Field Day with Gopher Tortoises Our Florida staff members spent a field day at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve to learn more about the reproductive and burrowing habits of gopher tortoises. Wolves are even more socially complex than we thought… In order to survive, wolves form cooperative groups known as packs, and these pack members hunt together, rear pups together, and compete against other wolf packs for food and territory. Loggerhead Sea Turtles Catch a Wave Just in time for the egg-laying season of female loggerhead sea turtles, the federal government has designated critical habitat nesting areas in the Northwest Atlantic.