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kellysails 03-27-2013 01:30 PM

Otter problem, help!
 
I have an otter problem. They love my boat and really like to use my cockpit as a head. This is a recent issue maybe because there has been a high turnover of boats in our marina lately. Their favorite hangout might have moved on so they had to find a new place. What can I do? Never had this problem before. I have some ideas but I would like opinions.

outbound 03-27-2013 01:47 PM

Re: Otter problem, help!
 
buy fox pee. should be available at local agricultural supply house. comes with little bottle that disperses smell or can wet small sponge/cloth and lay on piece of tin foil on sole of cockpit. I put some under where I store canoes on shore of my pond. Had otters or muskrats or who knows. now gone.

kellysails 03-27-2013 02:02 PM

Re: Otter problem, help!
 
Thanks, just ordered this stuff. Much more humane than what I was thinking of:)

http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...psbbb9b82b.jpg

caberg 03-27-2013 02:05 PM

Re: Otter problem, help!
 
How are they gaining access to your boat?

MarkofSeaLife 03-27-2013 02:07 PM

Re: Otter problem, help!
 
Think yourself privileged.



http://cutepics.org/wp-content/uploa...cute_otter.jpg
Care for your little friend!

kellysails 03-27-2013 02:15 PM

Re: Otter problem, help!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by caberg (Post 1008625)
How are they gaining access to your boat?

I think they are likely coming through the open transom. Not sure. Although these are very healthy, monster sized River Otters. I've seen them on the dock in the early mornings. At first I thought they were dogs until they hissed at me and ran off. Not sure if they could fit in the transom opening.

There is a horizontal stainless bar the runs the length of the opening that bisects the height of the opening. (not shown in photo)

http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...psfccfb550.jpg

kellysails 03-27-2013 02:30 PM

Re: Otter problem, help!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife (Post 1008627)
Think yourself privileged.



http://cutepics.org/wp-content/uploa...cute_otter.jpg
Care for your little friend!



Ah, don't confuse the nice cute (small) Sea Otter with the likes of a PNW River Otter. This one is signaling F You in River Otter language. Nasty ass River Otter.

http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...ps037800a4.jpg

overbored 03-27-2013 02:32 PM

Re: Otter problem, help!
 
put otter food and party favors on your neighbors boat.
the fox urine granules should work. they worked on our power boat that is on bainbridge. they got in while the stern door was off for repair and had a party.

kellysails 03-27-2013 02:37 PM

Re: Otter problem, help!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by overbored (Post 1008639)
put otter food and party favors on your neighbors boat.
the fox urine granules should work. they worked on our power boat that is on bainbridge. they got in while the stern door was off for repair and had a party.

Hopefully it will work! That makes me feel better.
I am just not sure if Fox is a natural predator of River Otters, it just might be the other way around. If this does not work I need to find Honey Badger urine. Or maybe coyote urine.

http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8a286b92.jpg

Resolute_ZS 03-27-2013 02:44 PM

Re: Otter problem, help!
 
Are otters tasty? *scratches head*

Best of luck with the fox urine!


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