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Posted: 28 December 2014 07:46 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I know the state reintroduced river otters a while back to some areas of the state.  Anyone have any sightings in their areas. I thought I saw one after ice out several years back but by the time I got turned around for a look it was gone.

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Posted: 28 December 2014 09:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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yes there was a few hanging around a friends pond in November. about 1 mile from a creek

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Posted: 28 December 2014 09:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I know a couple people who have ponds at their homes that also live near a creek or river.  The otters have decimated the fish in their ponds.  They often show up in family groups to hunt in packs.

They are fun to watch, but expensive to feed when you pay to stock your pond and then have it wiped out in a years time.

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Posted: 28 December 2014 10:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Otters are a pain. Use to work by Sullivan off lake shelbyville and seen them multiple times on the Kaskaskia River. Seen them on lake Mingo and Ridge lake also. Seems like they are doing well and expanding across the state. Fish eating machines. The DNR may need to reevaluate their quota.

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Posted: 28 December 2014 12:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Otters wiped out the fish in my uncles pond and his neighbors down in Hardin county.  They’re more of a nuisance than anything.

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Posted: 28 December 2014 04:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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We had a pair wipe out 2 small ponds in pike county. Never thought they were as fast as they are in the water….Its crazy…

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Posted: 28 December 2014 11:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Seen a group of 3 while teal hunting Rend Lake in September.  Swam in the decoys they are quite curious.

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Posted: 29 December 2014 07:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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The otter have been a success story for Illinois, with reintroduction taking place, and now we have come full circle with them included into the trapping season. We have a limit of five otters per trapper per season, and I think in the first year we harvested just a little over 2000 otter state wide. I think the numbers were down a little last year, but a lot of trappers were shut out due to weather conditions. Hard to trap when everything is under deep snow, or ice, and a lot of trappers told me they just didn’t want to fight the conditions…..............RTT

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