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Old 12-29-2014, 01:12 AM   #21
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I'm trying to avoid a mental picture of that.
Here, let me help

Think waterborn rolling and intertwining of equal intensity by both otters, accompanied by rhythmic grunting.
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:50 AM   #22
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""""""Maybe the otter has a similar opinion of you. ... Otters are cute. Negative feelings toward them are improper."""""""


Rubbish.
They are rats. i have had them them. I know people who have had their boats damaged by them costing thousands of dollars for repairs. Yes, the insurance co. got to pay it. A sailboat next door had one get caught in the furled mainsail. The sail survived, the otter didn't and what a mess.

They cr=p all over the boat, tear apart their prey and the stink left is not easily gotten rid of and it i strong.

Yes they are cute and interesting to watch, but if you had them aboard to paint your boat the way many of us on the west coast here have our boats painted you WOULD feel differently.

I know someone who kept their sailboat on Bowen Island. A family of otters got in board and the result was a sizeable insurance claim. Nasty animals!

I used an electric fence to keep raccoons out of my fish pond and it worked well. The dog had the misfortune of touching it once, poor thing! The problem with the e-fence is you have to ground the whole thing and that's harder to do on a boat and dock setup. It works best when things are damp and probably won't work with a dry boat or dock. Also, not sure how it would work around salt water--probably not well is my suspicion.


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Old 12-29-2014, 10:48 AM   #24
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No otters but have seen several boats damaged by muskrats. They like to chew thru out drive rubber boots and crawl up exhaust pipes and chew thru exhaust hoses if they are not protected by capping or wire mesh. They sank a boat that had not replaced worn out exhaust pipe wire mesh a few years ago. They also like to tunnel into foam floatation used on floating docks. Not sure if they are a protected by state game laws, but many have had a 22 cal ending to their foraging.
I doubt if there are any muskrat recipes available.
OOPS just goggled "muskrat recipes" and many web sites, seems like "it taste like rabbit", but that was a quote from someone living in Alaska.
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Greetings,
Mr. HDH. "I doubt if there are any muskrat recipes available." Au contraire mon ami. A quick search for "Muskrat Recipes" produced a plethora of pleasing presentations. Here's just one of many sites. Mmmmmm....
Independent Lens . MUSKRAT LOVELY . Muskrat Recipes | PBS
And to sweeten the pot...http://cannundrum.blogspot.ca/2013/0...stew-meat.html

http://www.exoticmeatmarkets.com/ottermeat.html
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Old 12-29-2014, 11:30 AM   #26
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Sounds awesome! I just want them off the dock. They habitually crap in the same place on the concrete dock. Yes, they are very cute, we watched a pair swimming faithfully side by side in Saanich Inlet for 1/2 an hour a couple of months ago. I'm not interested in killing them, I would just like to deter them from making the boathouse a defacating point.
Why they poop on the docklines is a mystery to me, but they do.

The only two things I have found that worked on my canvas covered sailboat was a fence charger as you suggest and collected Tupperware containers of dog poo on the deck. For Delfin during the wintertime, I just keep the hatch in so they can't board the vessel and shit all over the place, and hose off the lines as needed.
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Old 12-29-2014, 05:40 PM   #28
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The yacht club up river from me has a lot of boat houses and those critter can make a mess! Most leave a radio on and a light or two, which seems to send them else where.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:00 PM   #29
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No, I don't want to kill them either. I like to watch them when I;m aboard along with the other animals, birds, fish.

I just don't want them aboard as they can be destructive and leave a stinking mess that can be difficult to deodorize. If they get inside because you forgot a hatch or window then the interior is usually ruined.

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Old 12-29-2014, 09:52 PM   #30
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Here, otters are cute little guys, endlessly playing water games, amusing zoo visitors. Zoos prefer the smaller Asian variety. I`ve seen yours in the wild, much larger brutes, capable of causing damage and mess.
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I can't be sure but I would estimate they can get to 30-40#. So I Googled and apparantly the upper weight is about 30# but that is still a good size animal.

These guys play too and are extremely agile, fabulous swimmers.

There was a story hit the local papers last year about a woman attacked by one of these playfull otters. She was bitten fairly severely. Cloverdale woman recovering from terrifying otter attack - BC Local News

The otters were likely protecting either pups, or territory.

There are other stories. The attacks seem to be quite rare but nonetheless these otters can be threatening, cute or not.

At our club we had a group of otters under the dock. They did threaten my wife and several other people, summer 2013. Maybe again pups however none of us saw any in the area. They were gone this last summer, 2014. Maybe the numbers of people persuaded them to find another home.
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A sailboat at the end of the dock we were on in Anacortes had a real problem with them. They heard that the otters didn't like "Irish Spring" scented soap. They used quite a bit of it. I never got the full report but it might have helped. The whole dock end smelled like it - could have been annoying but I kept remembering the pretty lasses in the old commercials
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A sailboat at the end of the dock we were on in Anacortes had a real problem with them. They heard that the otters didn't like "Irish Spring" scented soap. They used quite a bit of it. I never got the full report but it might have helped. The whole dock end smelled like it - could have been annoying but I kept remembering the pretty lasses in the old commercials

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Old 12-30-2014, 01:34 PM   #34
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Why they poop on the docklines is a mystery to me, but they do
My neighbor has a lot of trouble with them. But he likes to coil his line ends on the dock for that yachty look. Apparently, the otters like it too. . draws them like a dog to a fire hydrant!!

It's better to wrap the tails back up the dock line to the boat.
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River Otters also frequent Discovery Harbour Marina in Campbell River. Although they don't seem to be a problem on the boats themselves, they do leave deposits on the docks.

The real problem, at least for me, is walking the docks at night. A quiet walk can instantly reach heart attack levels when the startled otters suddenly thrash about in the water right beside you.

The crap on the docks is not necessarily all Otter crap...
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As a live aboard I notice walking the pup around the docks she will scent on the otters hiding place. Head back with a pike pole and bug the shit out of them, disturb them. Usually takes a couple of trips by for the end result. No intent to hurt just bug em a bit. They move on no harm.


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Al,

River otters are legal tender in the fur business. Get your trapping license and have at it. I have several river otter pelts at home and their fur is really nice.

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Tom- Better than that, In Alaska when a resident makes it to 60 years of age we receive free hunting/fishing licence along with FREE TRAPPING licence.(Wife and I) Yes I have given that thought however the investment for traps, handling the buggers if caught, and tanning the hides all is damn more that this senior desires to undertake. O- we receive a free auto licence (wife and I). All this said as the price of oil drops lower than whale (Otter?) poop. which may have a full review of all the "Freebies" We will stand by. Thanks for the thought
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River otters are not protected in washington..
I can confirm they hate being hosed with a high pressure nozzle..
I absolutely detest river otters, sea otters are really cool though.
My family named our Ocean Alexander "Otter"..
I lost the debate due to being out numbered.

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Thanks, that is a good idea.
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