More Otters Found Dead In Traps

Yet more crayfish traps have been discovered containing the carcasses of dead otters.

The continued use of illegal crayfish traps around the country has persuaded the EA to publish detailed information posters and fact sheets in an effort to raise awareness of the ongoing problem.

The campaign informs trappers of the need to fit the wire constructed cage traps with special otter guards in an effort to help protect otters which are a UK Biodiversity Action Plan species protected by European law.

The number of otters found dead in such traps has shown an alarming increase ove rthe last few months. Yet the numbers remain minimal compared to the numbers of the large predatory mammals that are killed by cars every year as they try to cross roads.

The sheets can be downloaded from the NAFAC website at Otter Sheets and Otter Awareness Poster.