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Perhaps this could be scaled up to Otter size?

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Update on the Otter situation:

Step 1: Remove access.
So we believe our furry friend has been entering the boat from the port side. We moved our hanging step and the stairway away and that seemed to stop the beast for now. We have had consistent North wind lately which pushes our boat off the dock. I fear that when the South comes around again (soon) that he may enter from off of one of my fenders. So far so good, a few days without any otter impact.

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Another marina buddy told me the otter family is all camped under a tarp'ed up sailboat just a few fingers piers away. The owner is going to have a nasty surprise when he returns next month. I think I will have the dock master try and contact him.

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Let me guess someone loves otters and attracked them like some of the Osprey lovers here on the Chessy and now you have otter problems...
Like the seal problem in the San Francisco Bay area..

Every one loves 'em cause their cute and fun to watch..but once they become attached to ones boat..a different situation
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Let me guess someone loves otters and attracked them like some of the Osprey lovers here on the Chessy and now you have otter problems...
Like the seal problem in the San Francisco Bay area..

Every one loves 'em cause their cute and fun to watch..but once they become attached to ones boat..a different situation
You will not find any friends of River Otters up our way. They are nasty and look like something that evolution just forgot about. Flat headed devil beast. My grand daughter saw one the other weekend and shrieked at the ugliness. Not one of Mother Nature's best products, gaads.
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Yes Newport Beach has Sea Lions, but mostly they are on the old and unkept boats. It looks like now the harbormaster is seizing the old boats and removing them if they are left for too long to clean up the harbor...


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Yes Newport Beach has Sea Lions, but mostly they are on the old and unkept boats. It looks like now the harbormaster is seizing the old boats and removing them if they are left for too long to clean up the harbor...

Pywood full of nails pointing upward will discourage that kind of problem.
Make sure the plywood is well tied down.

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Pywood full of nails pointing upward will discourage that kind of problem.
Make sure the plywood is well tied down.
Uh I think they are protected. I'd hope the owner stepped on that plywood as well. Plenty of ways around that without hurting the animals. Lesson 1. Don't leave your boat to rot in the harbor. Lesson 2. If its too low then wrap the boat in plastic net to stop them from getting on. Simple.

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Re: Otter problem, help!

Hmmmm.....?

Friendly-to-you pitbull? Pest control flash-bangs? Home-brew Mustard gas? 106mm howitzer? Pet shark? Rattle snake? Punjii stakes? Accordion music...better yet, a recording of bagpipes playing 24/7 while yer away. Oughta scare the begeezus outta 'em. Spill a bottle of Rum in the cockpit?

Nah! Just kidding..... really !
Call Attenborough an' tell'im ta come get his cute little critters the he11 offa yer boat!

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Finally a local government is "thinking" about actually doing some good.

This story is not for consumption by MarkofSeaLife. Avert your eyes Mark.

BTW, as noted in the story
"Unlike sea otters, river otters are not a protected species. The U.S. Department of Agriculture handles situations involving wildlife. Because Oak Harbor has so many otters, the USDA's plan isn't to relocate them, but to kill them."

Oak Harbor mulling whether to kill pesky otters | KING5.com Seattle

And as normal in this neck of the woods, the River Otter has supporters, jeesh (I thought there were limits to this common behavior, apparently not). Nasty flat headed bastards! (referring to the River Otter not the supporters). I would never refer to Mark as a NFHB.

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