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Police appeal again after dead otter found in illegal trap in Grantham park

Police are appealing again for information after an otter was found dead in an illegal trap in Wyndham Park.

The otter was found in a crayfish trap in the River Witham in the Grantham Park on February 7. Otters are a European Protected Species and protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Not taking enough care or deliberately injuring an otter is an offence that can be prosecuted.

The discovery came just weeks after local volunteers reported seeing a pair of otters swimming in the same stretch of river.

Illegal animal trap. (7116123)
Illegal animal trap. (7116123)

The trap discovered at the park was illegal as it was the wrong type and had not been permitted by the Environment Agency.

Crayfish trapping is banned on this stretch of the Witham as only the native, endangered and protected white-clawed crayfish are present there.

The trap also risked introducing crayfish plague to the area, which has the potential to wipe out this protected species.

Call wildlife officer DC Flint on 101 quoting incident 219 of February 7 or email him on Aaron.Flint@lincs.pnn.police.uk if you can help.


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