Its easy to imagine how barbel were not in some of our smaller rivers when otters were widespread and abundant (going back a few centuries probably) - they would have been eaten to extinction.
Well said.There is no case whatsoever for culling Otters.
Whoever thinks otherwise needs to face facts.
Otters are here to stay and the overfed fisheries need to install their own fences, cut down their stocks of fish or face predation by a legally protected species.
Throughout Europe Otters are strictly protected (anglers also 'crop' the fish) and their fishing doesn't seem to suffer so perhaps our European partners can teach US something?
I would support a controlled cull of Cormorants however and the sooner the better!
"Viscious (sic) little killers"Leaving the "shall we shan't we" argument to one side for a moment, both Otters and mink are viscious little killers.
"Viscious (sic) little killers"
Why use such emotive and completely ridiculous words?
An Otter kills for food, not for 'sport', that's something reserved for us humans.
Even when contesting a territory a male Otter will only bite its opponent in a manner that disables its penis, it doesn't kill it viciously or otherwise even though it could.
The North American Mink is genetically programmed to kill and store prey items for the long freezing winters of its native homeland, the reason why they kill more than they can eat in late autumn and winter.
Both species kill their prey cleanly and effectively using as direct a method as possible.
Neither species is 'vicious' unless threatened, unlike the today's youth who seem to delight in 'sticking the boot' into the face of a helpless or unconscious individual, now that IS vicious!
I am correct.Sorry but that is just not correct, if they only kill for food why is it that they will kill and eat a very small part of the kill only to leave the rest of the kill to rot?
The problem with otters has not been caused by the otters themselves more by interference from do gooders who had no thought as to the concequencies of their actions.
Otter populations were recovering quite nicely ON THEIR OWN and would have continued doing so without interference and within the confines of what the ecology could stand, the situation now is false caused by humans and should be corrected by humans.
Much as I'm not a cull advocate, I've read plenty that suggests that otters do kill for reasons other than nourishment. It's certainly not true that man is the only killer that does so for reasons other than food. Cats and foxes have been filmed killing, toying with victims, playing with corpses and not taking a single mouthful. That may not be for the human construct reason of "sport", but it isn't for food either.An Otter kills for food, not for 'sport', that's something reserved for us humans.