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If you have two otters on board, they would make a nice pair of mukluks for winter sailing.

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Ha, that's the phone number to the state of Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife
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Ha, that's the phone number to the state of Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife
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Are river otters covered under the Marine Mammal Protection Act like their cousins the sea otter? How can you tell the difference between the two? Down here in Cali, people put up plastic mesh barriers to keep the critters out – our problems with unwelcome sea mammal guests go all the way up to thousand pound sea lions.

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Are river otters covered under the Marine Mammal Protection Act like their cousins the sea otter? How can you tell the difference between the two? Down here in Cali, people put up plastic mesh barriers to keep the critters out – our problems with unwelcome sea mammal guests go all the way up to thousand pound sea lions.
so it's one problem or an otter?

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My father in law got tired of the river otters getting in his power boat while it was on a mooring here at the island. Someone suggested putting pieces of plywood on the floor with tacks driven through from the bottom so they would land on them and immediately jump out (I know, cruel, it was a different time). Didn't work as planned, the otter got mad and ripped every bit of vinyl in the boat to shreds (thousands in damages, true story).
We've had good luck spraying Simple Green on our mooring lines so they don't crap all over them on the cleats. Best defense is to put plywood up so they can't get in.

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In Mowat's "Never Cry Wolf", he uses his own urine to carve out
his camp right in the middle of a wolf pack's territory. Might be worth
trying, and the cost is right...

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Care for your little friend!
I know they are not the benign "Nature Channel poster children" you see David Attenborough paling around with, but I'd love to have fauna like that around to break up the monotony!
Here, in the Great Lakes region (well Chicago anyway!), the best we can come up with is my siting last summer of a pair of American White Pelicans (not common around here) floating a mile offshore.

Of course, I would find some way to dissuade them from hanging out on the boat.
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I'd love to have fauna like that around to break up the monotony!

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I don't mind if I have to do a little clean up. It's just for a few days till I move on and leave the cute and cuddly to their home. (I do understand to live with them may not be quite so flash!)


This was in the Galápagos Islands so it was a very David Attenbourgh moment.

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