Otter Hunting in RI? Bill Would Permit It

The practice has been banned for decades.

Otters. File photo.
Otters. File photo.
State lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would legalize otter hunting.

The practice has been banned for decades in Rhode Island, according to the Providence Journal.

State Rep. Michael Chippendale, R-Foster, recently introduced a bill that would legalize otter hunting. A House committee this week held the bill for further review. Chippendale is senior deputy minority leader.
Proponents of the measure say the otter population is on the rise and claim the animals damage ponds, while the group Defenders of Animals opposes the legislation, according to the Journal.

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Should otter hunting be allowed in Rhode Island? Share your opinion in the comments.
steven rouleau April 16, 2014 at 06:07 AM
I guess you DOA people don't want to speak to someone that is sane!
Aspir7n April 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM
@ Steven rouleau your namesake Steven rouleau is a pest control and removal specialist in foster. Will he get contracted by Rhode island taxpayers to protect 'ornamental goldfish'? If so Rep. Chippendale has lost even more credit to me.
steven rouleau April 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Thank you for giving my résumé. That is in fact what I do for work. I help hundreds of people each year in RI with wildlife issues. To answer your question "he" will not be contracted by the state to do anything with otters. P.S. have some guts and put your real name on a post
M Jernstedt April 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Steve, On point 4 (River otters are over abundant in this state) could you please post for everyone, the RI Otter population study you have in hand. A few tracks in the mud, and some dead ducks, should not be used for wildlife control issues.
steven rouleau April 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM
I believe the biologists with RIDEM use otter latrine surveys which have shown a significant increase in numbers over the years. My experience is the same. I spend more time than most in RI's watersheds and also the numbers of complaints that i get are increasing every year.


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