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    Otter?

    A friend of mine has been having fish taken from his pond on a regular basis for some time now and they are not small fish! Due to the location being very residential we were sure it was a mink. However he has bought a trailcam and got these images on the first night and surprisingly it seems that its an otter!
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    Last edited by RPA 6MM BR; 03-02-2013 at 20:59.

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    They are getting to be a common sight on the River Teign, usually showing up just before dark when i am about to start sea trout fishing.
    Cheers
    Richard
    Last edited by devon deer stalker; 03-02-2013 at 23:20.

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    as already said otters are becoming more common every where when i was keepering we had a small trout lake where every morning i would find a fresh 3-4lb trout pulled up on the bank with the head and tail eaten and the fillets left saw pad marks and saw the/a otter down stream of the lake but never seen it in the lake just found what it left every morning

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    its great to see there numbers are on the up, but they do eat an large amount of fish. they also eat the the non-native crayfish which has gota be a good thing.
    great pics by the way,
    atb
    simon

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    Its good to see them retuning to our rivers, but they do kill a lot of fish and not only fish, they can kill a lot of young ducks especially hand reared ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon1979 View Post
    its great to see there numbers are on the up, but they do eat an large amount of fish. they also eat the the non-native crayfish which has gota be a good thing.
    great pics by the way,
    atb
    simon
    Yes they do eat the non native cray fish, but they eat more of our native ones, and far to many fish.
    For me at least they are not nice to see, and I hope I never see one on my patch, not sure what seeing one would mean to me.
    It would spell the end of a 65 year old fishing club, would see the farmer loosing nearly 20k a year for rent, and 360 club members would have nowhere to fish.
    It is a worry as we have to so called nature reserves very close by, both have said they want to introduce otters, but neither have bothered to ask local fisheries what their views are, and you can guarantee they won't help or supply otter proof fencing

    Neil.

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    I live on a salt water river and we have quite a few otters, mainly eating crabs. Even in the daytime
    the buggers play in my boat on a mooring.
    edi

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    i'm the assistant bailiff of a historic carp pond that has had trouble with otters-especially last winter. the cost of otter proofing the place is astronomical and needs doing, but finding the funds is tough. they are incredibly destructive and maim a large number of fish as well as killing them (think fox in a chicken coop). of course there is no way that you can control the otters, but at the same time there is little in the way of funding to protect businesses from otter predation. as the strain of carp in the pool are very special and are the descendants of a number of British record fish restocking is not really an option. we lost a common carp of around 23lb last winter among other smaller fish- the 23lb carp was less than one fifth eaten. that fish was worth around 500 quid, maybe more,

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    I don't think people realise how many otters there are, certainly in North Cornwall & North Devon. I found one dead beside the A39 last year--nowhere near a watercourse. One night a couple of years back we had one scampering about on our drive, again nowhere near to a watercourse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon1979 View Post
    its great to see there numbers are on the up, but they do eat an large amount of fish. they also eat the the non-native crayfish which has gota be a good thing.
    great pics by the way,
    atb
    simon
    +1

    What was the situation when there were Otters in most of the waterways in the Uk were the fish stocks really affected?
    Pollution is more of a problem surely and now the rivers are cleaner the otter can survive where once they could not most people surely think thats a good thing.
    When I lived in darkest wet wales we had a few about but they seemed to displace the mink well it seemed that way as we were not getting the same mink problems with chickens and game birds
    They are much more secretive creatures and are easily scared off by humans unlike mink that don't seem to be so affraid they are heavily protected by law and surely theres a place for them after all it was not that long ago that they were in most places 1950's - 1960's ? was it not DDT and other pollutions were their demise originally

    Modern course angling is a huge buisness and it should have the funds to get around the otter problem thats if there really is one, many areas in the south have lots of old quarry workings especially essex that are being used for recreational angling

    Don't otters have quite a big territory and there numbers remain quite low even with plenty of food available I love to see them and hope they do well.
    Too Old Soon Too Late Smart

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