Need advice on how to get rid of otter...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PartridgeRckgal, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Try calling your Communications Center (911 center) using the non-emergency number and ask them to have someone form Fish and Game or Wildlife contact you. They should have someone who is either working or on call so you don't have to wait until Monday.
  2. Randy

    Randy Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Don 't worry, it will move on eventually. After it's cleaned out your pond! My advise, SSS.
  3. Amyable

    Amyable Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Greenleaf, WI
    Quote:Don't kill it unless you have to. They are very social, neat critters. The Wildlife service should be able to help; if they won't, try a wildlife rehab center.
  4. welsummerchicks

    welsummerchicks Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    "That's just another varmint"

    In a lot of areas you can't just kill off any species you consider a varmint. Some people consider bald eagles to be varmints.

    In any case otters generally feed in different areas and aren't generally going to settle down and eat nothing but your fish.
  5. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

    Jun 26, 2010
    Quote:[​IMG] Agreed!

    Or relocate it. [​IMG]
  6. PartridgeRckgal

    PartridgeRckgal Songster

    Feb 22, 2011
    Thanks so much everyone for all the great suggestions. We have a live trap baited for him.... if that doesn't work. We are going to contact the wildlife agency and see if they can relocate him.
  7. clintwilson59

    clintwilson59 Songster

    Jul 12, 2010
    blanchard, louisiana
    I,ve caught 2 on our deer lease with a 1 1/2 coilspring trap baited with fish for coon. It would more likely go into that than a live trap, then if you wanted to keep him alive to relocate it you could make a catch pole and put it in a cage.

    If you do dispatch it, the hides are worth quite a bit but you may need an otter tag to sell it (we do for otters and bobcats)
  8. bluere11e

    bluere11e Songster

    Feb 8, 2011
    West Palm Beach
    Otters are to fish as racoons are to chickens. [​IMG] My DH and I put a LOT of time and money into our pond and stocked it with Koi. We had an otter family move in a do a LOT of damage.. It was VERY hard for me as I don't like to hurt anything (Unless it's threatening my pets) I made a phone call and all of them died of lead poisoning in a day.. It really bothered me.. [​IMG] They are cute, but they kill for fun too. In a few days they wiped out over 100 Koi in a 1/4 acre pond! Imagine if I was a fish farmer that relied on those fish to support my home, family and business?
    The ONLY way I was able to console myself is knowing they are related to weasels and weasels kill for fun too AND damage eggs and we use body traps strategically placed around the coops and runs to trap them.. They end up dying of lead poisoning.. They used to drown, until we upgraded the pond and put Koi in..
  9. Randy

    Randy Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    No doubt about it, they are fish killing machines and down here in the south they are as thick as mites on a poultry swap rooster.
  10. bantamsrmyfav

    bantamsrmyfav Free Ranging

    Quote:How did they die of lead poisoning?

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