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#11841479 - 09/21/16 03:19 PM Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts...
lipjerk Offline
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Loc: Lantana,Tx
I took these pics this morning, I counted three. They were eating a big drum, first I've seen. NE side of 377 at Buck Creek ramp.




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#11841493 - 09/21/16 03:26 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
Doug R. Online   content
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Possibly minks or ferrets
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#11841620 - 09/21/16 04:19 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
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I believe those are ferrets. They are always on the dam or the rip rap. I had one get in the boat one morning at the ramp. Buck creek area
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#11841635 - 09/21/16 04:26 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
Neches Online   content
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Hard to tell by the pic but I am guessing River Otter

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#11841640 - 09/21/16 04:27 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
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#11841668 - 09/21/16 04:37 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
Chris G Online   content
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Loc: Frisco, TX
Nope....definitely the North American River Otter. Been around a ton of those in a job in college. Be careful not to get too close. They can be VERY nasty critters despite looking so cute.

I still recall fishing the megabass on Fork years ago with a good friend...obviously trying to target good fat unders and out of no where an otter pops up 20 feet from us, jumps on a stump and proceeds to eat one of the fattest 15"ish fish I've ever seen.

Here's a great resource. https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_k0700_0517.pdf Look at pages 10 and 11 and you will see the minks and otters.
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#11841690 - 09/21/16 04:56 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
WCGunns Offline
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Registered: 02/06/11
Posts: 457
Loc: Northern DFW, Texas
Lewisville has river otters. One of my neighbors works at the wildlife place below the dam.

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#11841695 - 09/21/16 05:01 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
EastTexasBassin Online   content
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Registered: 07/15/09
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Loc: Lake Ray Hubbard
Yep, north American river otter. They are native to the Eastern half of the state. We probably have them in most of the lakes around here.

I've seen minks on the rip rap on Lake Ray Hubbard. They're much smaller and have a more slender build.

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#11841758 - 09/21/16 05:45 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
bowfin Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
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Lake Holbrook has them,have seen them playing.

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#11841771 - 09/21/16 05:49 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
Barn Offline
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Registered: 05/17/02
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Loc: McKinney, TX
I disagree that they are otters. I fish Buck Creek all the time. They are minks I see them a lot there. The lake I have fished for 30+ years in Missouri has both otters and minks. Minks only get about foot long where as Otter will get close to 3' long.

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#11841772 - 09/21/16 05:50 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
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Loc: Arlington
Lake arlington has them too

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#11841775 - 09/21/16 05:50 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
bronco71 Online   content
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Registered: 02/05/06
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Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
sorry ******* cleaned out all the catfish in my pond last year realmad

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#11841812 - 09/21/16 06:10 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
lipjerk Offline
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Loc: Lantana,Tx
These are not minks! Adult minks grow to 18 inches, I'd guess these were around three feet long. The drum may have been around five pounds.



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#11841850 - 09/21/16 06:34 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
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Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Nutria?
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#11841897 - 09/21/16 06:55 PM Re: Sooo I guess we have otters in Roberts... [Re: lipjerk]
bronco71 Online   content
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Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
Definately otters; odd how they all the sightings I have heard of were groups of 3.

Damn things eat 7 to 20 lbs of food/day.....each, mostly fish


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