Muskoka residents can have problems with Otter, usually in boathouses and on lakefront shoreline.
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About the Otter
The Canada otter, (Lutra canadensis,) is also known as the “river otter”. It belongs to the Mustelidae family of musk carriers, which also includes the mink, marten, fisher, and skunk. A member of the weasel family, otters are semiaquatic animals that feed on insects, fish, amphibians, small reptiles, and shellfish. Otters have streamlined bodies with rounded heads and thick, tapered tails. River otters are usually around 4 feet lengthwise and weigh up to 30 pounds. Otters have brown to reddish-brown coats, webbed feet, and dense fur that helps them swim and stay warm. The thick whiskers of the animal aid in foraging for food, as do their retractable claws.
Where Otters are found
Otters are found wherever there is access to water. Otters often live in marshes, swamps, rivers, and lakes. River otters make homes in both warm and cold locations as well as at differing elevations. Their dens usually have underwater entrances and tunnels leading to nests. Otters feed mainly on fish, amphibians, crayfish and other invertebrates, turtles, snakes, waterfowl and muskrat. Their diet varies with the seasons, and some vegetation is eaten in summer. Otters hunt alone or, occasionally, in pairs. Unlike the beaver, otters do not cache food for later use.
Otters maintain what are known as “pulling-out places” or toilets on banks. These are sometimes found inside lower boathouses in Muskoka. These are piles of debris, urine and excrement in which they roll around and rub themselves. As they roll, they tend to twist and mat the grass around the piles. Trappers should be on the lookout for these signs of otter activity. When alarmed, otters give off a musky odour.
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