Otters are semi-aquatic and are attracted to ponds, marshes, and rivers, where they build their dens with underwater entrances. They are fearsome when threatened and will ravage the fish populations of a private pond or fishery. So you probably aren’t happy to have discovered one on your property.
Otters Damage Fisheries
In fisheries, otters have unbridled access to food and they will go to town on those fishies. This may unbalance the fish populations, damaging the ecosystem and ultimately costing owners a lot of money. You don’t want to let them stay in there for too long after you’ve discovered them.
Otter Health Risks
Cornering an otter is a bad idea as they can become very aggressive in such a situation, biting and clawing indiscriminately. Pets like cats and dogs are at risk of catching diseases from otters, and they can also carry parasites that are transmittable to humans.
Otter Trapping and Removal
Do not try to trap an otter without a professional as they are incredibly fierce creatures when threatened. Make sure to call AAAC Wildlife Removal so that professionals with the right equipment, training, and experience can come and remove the otters safely and humanely.
Wire fencing and walls along the shore are a good start for owners who want to keep otters from invading ponds and fisheries, or when trying to trap them in the water until they can be caught.
It’s also a good measure to block all entry points to potential dens. Old beaver lodges should be destroyed. Talk to an AAAC Wildlife Removal specialist to discuss the best solution for your pond or fishery.