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  1. kelcher

    kelcher Member

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    How many of you have seen otters out in the wild? I ended up seeing my first one in the Cedar this weekend. Pretty neat experience. I hope I see more . . .
     
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    The only ones I hope to see are in my traps. They wreak havoc on ponds and rivers, but they are a pretty amazing animal. Some of the best hunters on the planet.
     
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    goatman I hunt days ending in Y

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    Mink on steroids. Fish wolf. If you have a pond not so glad to see them. I keep my pond cleaned out but a friend has stocked his pond three times. He gave up.
     
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    No stocked fish to worry about or to keep it around so it will probably move on. Neat animal to see though.
     
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    I have seen one and had pics of a pair on my trail camera over the last 4 years. Both times right between the Cedar and a small pond on my property. Also have a friend that trapped one not too far off the Cedar a couple years ago.
     
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    I caught 2 just today in my beaver sets. Since they are now out of season I've called the local DNR officer so he can pick them up.
     
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    Those things are curious. Had one swim up to like 5ft watching me.
     
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    They cleaned my whole pond out !!!! Kill em !!!
     
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    Kinda changing my mind about these things after reading all of this . . . .
     
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    And when people tell you they clean out their ponds that's exactly what they do.... They will fish for play/fun in addition to for food. During ice season you will find fish carcasses on the ice with a single bite taken from the fish.
     
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    had one get into a family pond in southern iowa 10 years ago or so and pretty soon the shore was line with eaten catfish and bass.............
     
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    Exactly. And it's usually the coons and other scavengers that do the eating. The otters just kill to kill. There is a reason they're called water wolves.
     
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    Got to watch an otter get released from a beaver trap yesterday. Man I wouldn't ever want to be on the receiving end of their fury.
     
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    I will admit that I was a little nervous in my waders with that quick sucker at 5ft.
     
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    have a whole pack of them that work from a neighbors pond into a major creek in my area. Have seen up to 6 at a time. Feel bad for the neighbors pond but we cannot do anything about them in Illinois. They are very cool to watch and sound like a herd of deer coming through ;)
     
  17. goatman

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    Oh yes you can. IL biologist issued me a nuisance permit and warden said kill them all now. If away from a running body of water. In other words a pond. There is a trapping season now with a limit of 5 per person. They are thinking of lifting the quota. Fun to watch but still fish wolves.
     
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    They definitely do more harm than good. Cleaned my pond out in no time. Kill, kill,kill.
     

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