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E-M:/ river otters and trappers

Enviro-Mich message from "thornapple river" <thornapple@hotmail.com>

Considering the likely fragile status of river otters in Michigan, I am 
curious as to the laws/rules for trappers and hunters concerning this 
species.  I have never seen an otter in the wild, but in February of this 
year, someone trapped one in Caledonia Township in Kent County.  And the 
gentleman was mighty proud of it, even sent his picture in to the paper with 
his labrador retriever puppy at his side, the otter hanging from the leghold 
trap.  I was horrified.  So what are the rules? Anybody know? And anybody 
know anything about the population size of river otters in Michigan, and 
distribution? I have only been able to find general information about river 
otters, and nothing specific to Michigan or Kent County.

Patricia Pennell
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