Otters?? What can you do?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BookWorm243, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. BookWorm243

    BookWorm243 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2010
    Franklin, NC
    My grandparents live in Lake City, FL and have 2 man made ponds on there property. So they got some ducks, I know they started out with a good amount but now they just have a small group of 5, i think. They don't have a house for them or anything they just stay on the ponds. Well now they have an otter that has shown up and it has already eaten a duck ( it was a wood duck that had lived with the other ducks for over 6 months ) The other ducks won't go in the ponds, but they are at risk of coyote attacks now. They just want to shoot the otter and be done with it. Is there anything else that can be done, can they actually shoot an Otter?

    Thank You
  2. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    Check with your local WLF but if its eating your ducks you should be able to. Otherwise try and contact your state or local trapper.
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    by googling "Open water otter sets otter dock" I found some interesting methods
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    They need to check with their local Fish and Game department.
  5. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Lake Placid, FL
    Actually, Florida has a specific hunting season for otter and runs from December to March and you can shoot as many as you want. For an otter that is in a pond that is on your property I am sure that you could shoot it at any time. Otters have gotten a bad reputation in South Florida because there have been numerous otter attacks on humans. A man in a pond came very near to being killed. Otters will remain in an area until they have completely depleted the food and then they will move on. I also would think that there are more then one otter in your pond and they are not that easy to spot and shoot. If it were my pond and it had fish and ducks that were mine and I wanted, I would shoot and/or trap the otters.
  6. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    Are they sure it wasn't a snapping turtle. I watched them take down a full grown goose one time.
  7. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:trapping is easier then waiting to shoot the ones we have Here I normally see Mom and 2-4 young ones

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