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National Wildlife Control Training Program vol. 1.

River Otter Control

Scientific Name Lutra canadensisOtter. Photo by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Biology

Photo Credits: NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Photo

 

 

Otter pelt. Photo by Dallas VirchowRiver Otter fur
Description: Otter have short, thick, luxurious fur. Photo Credits: Dallas Virchow

Sign

 

Damage

  • Kills fish and shellfish;
  • Fecal deposits in boats

Legal

River otters have legal protections throughout their range. Consult with state wildlife officials prior to inititiatng control methods.

Control Methods

Habitat Modification

  • To exclude use 3 inch or smaller mesh.

Frightening Devices

None effective

Repellents

None known to be effective

Trapping

  • #220 Conibear or other body grip traps;
  • Cage traps;

Shooting

Not practical (even if legal).

Toxicants

None

 

Diseases-Safety

 

Legal Issues

  • River otters are considered furbearers in every state.

Living With Otters

River Otter (general information)--Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Publications & Resources

River Otter Control--River otterMissouri Dept. of Conservation

News

Feb. 16, 2007.Some river otters have gone wild, state agency warns. Louisville, KY The Courier-Journal

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