Friday, February 7, 2020

Otter Exclusion Technology, Mk II

Well, so far, so good. I hope I'm not jinxing things by reporting this...

The Mark II version of the otter exclusion technology seems to be working.

First, one or two mothballs tucked under the lines where they are wrapped on a cleat seems to be working to discourage the otters from viewing these as their personal toilets.  This is a HUGE gain!

Our lines - see the moth balls?

The boat we share the finger pier with needs them too
...All the cleats on our finger need to be provided with moth balls if we are to discourage the otters from enjoying this finger pier.

But this seems to be the piece d' resistance... 

The first time we checked after installing these, the two big rat traps had been tripped.  No otters were apparently harmed, since there was no blood.  But those traps make plenty of noise when they go off - perhaps that was enough.

Now, a couple of weeks later, the traps and the boat are unmolested!

As I said...  So far, so good...


1 comment:

El Capi'tan said...

Had the same otter problem in Tacoma in the winter months. I have a full boat winter cover and the otters found a nice home out of the wind. I used plastic carpet runners and placed them around the deck with the prickly side up.

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