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By Ellen Knickmeyer The Associated Press

Returning otters to undersea world failing in their absence

MOSS LANDING, Calif. — While threatened southern sea otters bob and sun in the gentle waves of this central California estuary, wildlife experts up and down the West Coast are struggling to figure out how to restore the crucial coastal predator to an undersea world that’s falling apart in their absence.

Bears burned in California wildfires go holistic for pain

SAN FRANCISCO — Veterinarians successfully used alternative medical treatments such as acupuncture on three wild animals burned in the Southern California wildfires, although one patient ‚Äî a 5-month-old mountain lion ‚Äî did keep eating his fish-skin and corn-husk bandages, vets at the University of California, Davis said Wednesday.