Before moving to the country, I never realized that there were otters in north Alabama. I was pretty surprised the first time I saw them.
Jasmine thinks that they are trespassers.
So does Hubby.
They have eaten most of the catfish from our ponds, and are currently working on the bass, bream, and grass carp.
I still think they are cute.
Apparently, otters used to be fairly scarce, but are now on the increase. They are more numerous because beavers are also more plentiful.
The reason that beavers are multiplying is that beaver pelts are now worth diddly-squat, so trappers don’t bother with them anymore.
Less beaver pelts taken = more beavers = more dam building = more flooding = more otter habitat = more otters.
Beavers have now reached nuisance levels in many areas, and trappers here are catching them for landowners at $50 a head, with a 5-beaver minimum. I doubt that they ever got that much for pelts.
Red State Diaries recently had a story from the Huntsville Times about a man being successfully sued for $30,000 because he failed to remove beavers from his land before they caused flooding damage to his neighbor’s property.