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Old 07-14-2011, 08:17 AM
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I've been attempting to fish a small remote pond near our camp out of my tube.
One of the local inhabitants is highly protective of his territory and has been making it clear to me that I'm not welcome.
I was wondering if these guys are actually dangerous or are they "all talk/no bite"
I've been attacked twice by otters while fishing from a tube and am leery of having my bare legs hanging down there with those big teeth

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Old 07-14-2011, 08:44 AM
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Ha! I've never been bothered by otters, other than them drifting down the stream next to me and making a huge splash.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:52 AM
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Default Re: Issue with the locals

Well, with a zillion degrees in wildlife ecology, I figured I'd have your answer. But, on a lark, I googled "beaver attack" first. Oops.


Seriously, though, in all those youtube videos, it appears that the animal was feeling pretty "cornered". They swim by me in the Miramichi all the time to no ill effect. I guess we all just need our space?

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Old 07-14-2011, 09:18 AM
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No worries...they can't chew under water for very long. They'll have to come up for air. In all seriousness, I don't trust any animals of any size if they are sensing threat. I'll wager that even a cute little bunny rabbit may turn and chomp on your fingers if you pinned him down. Try picking a mouse up by the tail and then give it a good squeeze; OUCH. The things you learn working in feed store.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:04 AM
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Give him his space.

I had a close encounter with a beaver on some of my local waters. I was in my kayak, apparently got into his space-- he circled me a few times ~ 2 to 3 feet away from my boat, slapping his tail the whole time..... Sounded like a (explicit) tommy gun!

The last thing I wanted was him making his way onto my boat and chain sawing my leg.....

Like Ausable said, I wouldn't want to be on the business end of ANY threatened animal.
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And based on what I saw on youtube, it could be way worse. You could be trying to fish next to a kangaroo.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:25 AM
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Default Re: Issue with the locals

I'm sorry but I'm LMAO! I've owned a couple pontoons and I just never got close enough to worry, but I have had them slap their tail at me before, but even then I was not very close and I just ignored it and kept on fishing.
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Normally I retreat after the first slap or two, but it's a 1/2 mile hike in and there's only about 15 minutes of fishing time before the little guy discovers that I'm there.
Like I said, I'm leery about this after my experiences with the otters.
I'm quite sure, due to the low position in the tube, that they viewed me as a rival otter and got right in my face.
I'm not willing to face off with a buck-toothed beaver in the same manner.
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Rip,
You could always take an arm load of saplings to smooth things over.
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Anyone remember the killer bunny that attacked President Carter in a canoe? milt.
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