Small river otter or muskrat?

Discussion in 'LOCAL OHIO TALK' started by s_man, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    I was fishing with a buddy on the bank on the new riprap at riverside park in Z-ville last monday night. I had a five gallon bucket full of water and shad sittin at the edge. I happened to see something swimming near the bank, well it come up on the rocks, 'slithered' into my bucket and came back out with a shad in its mouth. I coulda swore that it had a white patch on its chest, but now I'm not entirely sure. The tail was at least as long as its body, but the creatures overall length was less than 2 ft I guess. So my question is do muskrat eat shad? Or did I see a young otter?
     
  2. SeedTick

    SeedTick New Member

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    Hey S_man, from your description I would say it was a mink they eat fish. I don't think mushrats eat fish but I know mink and otter do. I bet it was a cool encounter. I wish I could watch it, I'd probably feed all my bait to it.

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  3. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    I agree with my little Brother Greg.If you did see white,it could very well be a weasel.In water it is normally a Mink.On land it is normally a weasel.Both will hunt for and eat fish,crayfish,mice,birds,snakes and CHICKENS as will Otters.They all eat crabs and such around saltwater.I once watched a mink wander through our Distillation Plant one night years ago.I never saw it again,but the rats and mice disappeared for a while without any help from man.peewee-williams.
     
  4. fishhook

    fishhook New Member

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    It probably was a mink, muskrats don't eat fish.
     
  5. rockbass

    rockbass New Member

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    I would also say Mink. I see them all the time at a local lake. I have also seen muskrats and river otters at the river too.
     
  6. doughboy

    doughboy New Member

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    I would have to agree with the others on it being a mink. Muskrats dont eat fish and even a small beaver would have ate all your shad or at least up set the bucket. It would have been cool to watch though
     
  7. jason454ci

    jason454ci Active Member

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    In the place you was I would say it very well could have been a river otter. I have seen them at the dock down there several time while fishing at night.
     
  8. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    I hadn't even considered a mink. But I've read about the river otter population up north and just figured one made its territory down here. It did look too big to be a muskrat. I saw it last week also but it stayed away from the boat and couldn't get a real good look.
     
  9. zcat

    zcat New Member

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    I would believe it was a river otter.The population is large enoff that they have a trapping season in the winter. And they do eat fish.
     
  10. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    Ynup!, Mink and ermin will take your bait up here if left unattended for too long! Some type of weasle huh?
     
  11. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    A MARTIN maybe? Have them up/over there? They'd do it!