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01-23-2014 04:51 AM
capt vimes
Re: Otter problem, help!

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Originally Posted by kellysails View Post
Oddly enough it seems our horses are able to smell or somehow tell if the fence is on or not, weird. But clearly, River Otters are way down the evolutionary path from a horse. They even look pre-historic to me. Bet they have not evolved for a million years, the perfect killing and crapping machine.
well that ain't right...
the modern horse evolved in north america 3,4 mill years ago and did not change very much since...
giant otters arrived in north america via the bering street earlier but the oldest fossils of the modern north american otter did not appear before 1,9 mill years ago...
jump down to equus:
here the otter story:
01-23-2014 02:20 AM
stagman
Re: Otter problem, help!

I'd be extremely cautious about hunting them. Be careful to check your local laws. Ask a ranger. Don't trust a google search. And sure as hell don't post it online if you do decide to kill it. It seems like whenever I go to kill something there's a stupid law somewhere that says I can't. In which case hunting season simply is 4-430 AM

However, if you decide to, I have two heavily recommended methods. 1- get a fish, preferably one thats never been frozen, and cram that thing full of Valium, Xanax, percocet, oxycodon, Vicodin, or whatever opiate you can get your hands on. Simply leave it in your cockpit. Be sure to wake up before dawn to clean up before the marina gets busy.

If you find them on the river, I recommend arrows. No noise, same effect. Just make sure you buy the arrows with cash, you dont want one of these things washing up with an arrow in it that there's a record you paid for

As far as deterrents, fox urine is a good bet. Human piss might work (Mark your territory!) and ive always had good luck with human hair. drive to a local barber, get a trash bag full, works very well.

Secondly, I would encourage you to address the problem shortly and effectively. They are wild animals- they will bite you, your family, your pets etc if they need to. And they chew.

River Otters - Living with Wildlife | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
01-23-2014 01:42 AM
ericb760
Re: Otter problem, help!

I got 99 problems, otters ain't one of them...
01-22-2014 10:13 PM
Uricanejack
Re: Otter problem, help!

Originally from UK where otterís 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 dockís 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.
01-22-2014 10:01 PM
Bene505
Re: Otter problem, help!

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.

Regards,
Brad
01-22-2014 09:01 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Otter problem, help!

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Originally Posted by kellysails View Post
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.
01-22-2014 06:46 PM
kellysails
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.)
04-09-2013 02:01 PM
kellysails
Re: Otter problem, help!

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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.
04-09-2013 01:46 PM
jrd22
Re: Otter problem, help!

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 :-))
04-09-2013 12:04 PM
kellysails
Re: Otter problem, help!

Wow!

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Originally Posted by summit_elan View Post
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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