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Can't wait for someone to try to introduce them to the north east because they are "so cute"! Yikes! I will take worrying about moose. Not likely they will come aboard!

There is nothing wrong with killing surplus critters. We all need our space. Apparently there is no shortage of the NFHBs.

We were being overrun by squirrels this spring until I put out lots of DECON in the sheds. Haven't seen a "tree rat" for two weeks! What do the otters eat?

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Not quite an otter problem, but check out "Dottie", who decided to lay three eggs in a coil of rope at my bow last year. Obviously, I need to get out on the water more, if my boat is the quietest place in the marina!
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not quite an otter problem, but check out "dottie", who decided to lay three eggs in a coil of rope at my bow last year. Obviously, i need to get out on the water more, if my boat is the quietest place in the marina!
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As if the otters weren't enough of a PITA, they leave the heads and guts of the fish they eat, and most of the legs of the crabs, on the docks. The gulls, herons, and eagles grab them and fly up onto; main cover, decks, cockpit, etc. where they proceed to smear said guts, etc on everything and then crap on everything else. The simple green seems to keep the otters away from the lines on the cleats though, so after I get done cleaning the boat I can at least untie the lines without rubber gloves on :-))
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As if the otters weren't enough of a PITA, they leave the heads and guts of the fish they eat, and most of the legs of the crabs, on the docks. The gulls, herons, and eagles grab them and fly up onto; main cover, decks, cockpit, etc. where they proceed to smear said guts, etc on everything and then crap on everything else. The simple green seems to keep the otters away from the lines on the cleats though, so after I get done cleaning the boat I can at least untie the lines without rubber gloves on :-))
Interesting, so you also believe that Simple Green repels Otters? I have found similar results. Maybe I should spray down the dock area where they are entering from with SG? And also my fenders, hmmm.
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Re: Otter problem, help!

We just moved to a new marina and I was fascinated to see that the scraps left behind from the river otters looked quite different from our last marina. Mostly a bunch of empty clam shells and remains of crabs. What was missing was the large mounds of otter crap,,,,, hmmmm. I started to think that maybe it was seagulls??? Where are the bastardly otters?? Then last night I had to run down to the boat and was shocked by a scampering Raccoon rampaging down the dock, wtf? Then it turned and stood it's ground, yikes. Soon it left, though only to return when I came off the boat.

Could it be that the Raccoons have kept the otters at bay? I will take a Raccoon over an Otter any day of the week. They are both mean beasts but Raccoons seem to be a bit more tidy.

(btw - we solved the otter problem at our last marina by removing possible entrance paths and washing the boat often with Simple Green.)
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We just moved to a new marina and I was fascinated to see that the scraps left behind from the river otters looked quite different from our last marina. Mostly a bunch of empty clam shells and remains of crabs. What was missing was the large mounds of otter crap,,,,, hmmmm. I started to think that maybe it was seagulls??? Where are the bastardly otters?? Then last night I had to run down to the boat and was shocked by a scampering Raccoon rampaging down the dock, wtf? Then it turned and stood it's ground, yikes. Soon it left, though only to return when I came off the boat.

Could it be that the Raccoons have kept the otters at bay? I will take a Raccoon over an Otter any day of the week. They are both mean beasts but Raccoons seem to be a bit more tidy.

(btw - we solved the otter problem at our last marina by removing possible entrance paths and washing the boat often with Simple Green.)
A little Chile Powder sprinkled on deck at entry paths has a similar deterrent effect.

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How about a few bowls filled with Clorox? Leave them right in the transom opening.

They will smell bad, yet evaporate. Even if spilled they'll dilute in the water and break down quickly.

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Originally from UK where otter’s were persecuted for generations and wiped out in much of the country. While still around where I lived they were almost exclusively nocturnal. I considered myself extremely fortunate on the few occasions I would see a wild otter.

One of the delights of sailing in the Pacific North West is the wild life. Including Sea lions, seals whales and otters.

Like all wild life, otters should never be considered cute and cuddly. They are wild. Have sharp claws and teeth and will defend themselves if cornered.
I enjoy having them around, I see them on the dock’s in the water and occasional get quite close.

They do have some unpleasant habits one of which is marking their territory by crapping regularly in the same place.
For some reason they like to crap on mooring lines dingy painters and if you are particularly unlucky your fore deck or cockpit.

Try the urine suggestions and just by a new deck brush.
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I got 99 problems, otters ain't one of them...
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