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Old 24-02-2009, 08:18   #16
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Regarding management of marine mammals see: The Marine Mammal Center . As usual, the Peoples Republik of California takes the foregoing rather to the extreme.
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Old 24-02-2009, 08:46   #17
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Put a small water pump in place -- a bilge pump would do. Set a timer so that every 15 minutes, the water pump cycles on for a couple minutes, spraying the cockpit. (For a timer, use a 555 circuit with a 12v relay.)
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Port of Edmonds Marina said strong-smelling deterrents didn't work, so you might want to ignore my previous post!
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I frequently work with people who enforce the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In California, it is true that you are not allowed to disturb them even if they are on your personal property. (Hey, I'm not the one who wrote the law.) You are supposed to call a professional who deals with marine mammals to have them removed. It is best to call Cal Fish & Game and they can give you a reference. It is then your responsibility to create a safe barrier which keeps them off your property.

I know the law seems indifferent to peoples property rights. But the people who enforce the laws would rather not see marine mammals and humans in close proximity and are happy to get the animals along their merry way. Just don't try doing it yourself or doing anything which may harm or frighten the animal...that is exactly how you will get in big legal trouble. The penalties are pretty severe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_...Protection_Act
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Damned if you Do, Damned if you Dont.

In Newport Beach if one permits Sea Lions on ones boat, one is subject to a steep fine. "But they're a protected marine mammal." "Not our Problem. $500. Next Case"
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How about an electric Cattle fence.??....( grin ) ....(.Ducking...)
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There are very cheap motion detector alarms you can get from any hardware store and mount with some tape in the cockpit. A few shazams & he'll head off to quieter pastures.
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I like the dog idea the best. Around here they use dogs to keep the Canadian Geese of the sports fields.
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I pity you, river otters are one of the smelliest, most destructive animals around. We have them here on the island and they cause thousands of dollars of damage every year to peoples houses and boats. They get in the crawl spaces of houses and rip all the insulation out, and the stink they leave is almost impossible to get rid of. I second, or third, the recommendation to take your cover off, that's the only thing that might get rid of them. People here have tried all sorts of things and nothing really repels them. My father-in-law left a boat on a mooring years ago and the otters got in (of course), someone told him to put plywood with nails stuck thru it (pointing up) on the floors. Bad idea. They shredded every bit of upholstery in the boat (power runabout), I think he got what he deserved. I especially hate it when they crap all over the lines on the dock cleats!
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Please post your evidence, and/or cite the source(s), supporting your statement (quoted above.) Assuming you have thoroughly researched the on-point legal and scientific literature prior to posting, I would be very interested to read your referenced citations to both Canadian and California laws, as well as any peer-reviewed scientific studies that led you to your conclusion.

Absent the above, your statement is little more than a gratuitous insult with no basis in fact and adds nothing to this thread.

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Usually love your posts, but this...

I'll skip the request to produce scientific literature to support a statement based on nothing scientific. (OK. So I didn't)

I do, however, weary of insult being taken over points as ephemereal as regional by-laws.

We all live where we all live. Plenty of things about Canada suck. Some don't. I suppose that this may be true elsewhere.

Sorry, Tao. Have to call you on it.

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...I especially hate it when they crap all over the lines on the dock cleats!
Awesome!! I can't wait to move to Everett in a month!!!!!!!!!
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I hate otters, everyone thinks they're so cute..... AHHHHHH! I've been fighting these filthy creatures for several years now. You go to the boat and it's full of fish heads, s---, and other disgusting waste products. I tried building an otter fence out of PVC but it was too clumsy to use once the boat was in the water. I've tried the moth balls, laundry detergent, etc all to no avail.

I thought about shooting them but figured I'd miss them, sink the boat, and end up in jail.

I will conquer the pests, and will report but don't hold your breath -- you'll be very blue. If anyone finds the answer, there are many of us that will hail you as a hero and buy your beer everytime we meet.

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river otters are one of the smelliest, most destructive animals around.
I bet Nicolle would want one as a pet.

Hang on a second.... let me just show Nicolle a photo and then ask....

"He's so cute! So cute! They are intelligent because they use tools."

He's smelly: "He just wants a friend to play with."

Nic cleaned off the Sealion stuff off the back of the boat in Gallapagos.

River Otter Problems? Email your Otter to Nicolle!


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You know, the settlers of these areas would outright laugh at this thread.

Shoot em, eat em, make something out of their fur, sell their fur -- that's what they'd say
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I thought about shooting them but figured I'd miss them, sink the boat, and end up in jail.
That gave me a giggle!
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