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Fishery owner 'put out of business by otters'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:37 PM

A fishery owner is suing the Environment Agency for £2.5 million over claims a colony of otters put him out of business by eating all his fish.

Brian Dodson claims the government body created an otter haven on a nearby river and failed to inform him of the potential problems the furry mammals could cause.

After stocking six lakes at his new business with thousands of carp at a cost of £250,000, the protected otters sought out his fishery as a rich food source.

http://www.telegraph...f-business.html

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

He never heard of a otter trap. They even have catch and release style ones. If they were outside there "protected area". Ignorance is not an excuse to sue.

And what kind of business stocks 6 lakes with 1,000's of carp. Carp is about worthless except maybe as chum or catch and release. They like the easiest fish in the world to catch. You can catch em with cheese whiz.or bread. In many places there nearly considered an invasive species.

Good luck on this lawsuit. :passifier:
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:28 PM

The otter have to eat too.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

Otters will eat just about anything, afterall, they have to eat.  We generally do not eat carp in England, but this is beginning to change with the arrival of the Eastern Europeans, who do.
But can not feel sympathy for the owner as his priority is sport and the priority for the otter is food.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

I used a dog when I use to work at a fish farm.  Otters could  clear out a pond, but the dog would chase them and harass them,  soon they moved on.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:13 PM

Over a period of years his valuable fish were decimated
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why did he not start doing something to protect the fish at the start, like getting a dog, instead of waiting for a period of years??

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:20 PM

Otter hounds where breed to hunt otters. I think the guy is just looking for a new way to make money.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:52 PM

Can't wait til the Government gets wind of this. Let another animal witch-hunt ensue....


All I can say to someone like that, who can't look after a business, find ways to mitigate his loses and work in a balanced relationship with the nature around him is: "Good!".

I bet the carp aren't even native.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:04 PM

View PostUrisk, on 18 January 2013 - 02:52 PM, said:

Can't wait til the Government gets wind of this. Let another animal witch-hunt ensue....


All I can say to someone like that, who can't look after a business, find ways to mitigate his loses and work in a balanced relationship with the nature around him is: "Good!".
The guy stockpiled carp for sport and was anti otters, I doubt nature comes before money in his books. I hope he never runs any kind of colony again.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

I saw an otter running down the sidewalk outside of Disneyland a few months ago. It was crazy, it stopped, looked at me, then looked at the old guy walking behind me and took off. Strangely enough there were no large bodies of water around anywhere. I almost wonder if it was somebody's pet or something.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

View PostWoIverine, on 18 January 2013 - 03:11 PM, said:

I saw an otter running down the sidewalk outside of Disneyland a few months ago. It was crazy, it stopped, looked at me, then looked at the old guy walking behind me and took off. Strangely enough there were no large bodies of water around anywhere. I almost wonder if it was somebody's pet or something.
Could have been someones pet, but I know whos pet it was definitely not.....Brian Dodson`s.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.




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