By Andrew Fitchett
Fears have been raised over a rise in animal poaching after an otter was killed by an illegal fishing net.
Wildlife lover Mark Mehaffey, from Brandon, made the grisly find when out walking along the Little Ouse on Tuesday.
The female otter had become trapped in a net used for crabbing, which had not been licensed and tagged in the proper way.
Mr Mehaffey said: “I saw fur in the net and thought it was strange, so I grabbed a branch and pulled it out. When I looked in there I couldn’t believe it.
“They have probably had no intention of killing an otter, but it shows how irresponsible it is to use these illegal nets.”
The net was tied to a tree by fishing line and works like a valve, allowing the fish to swim in before the opening closes.
The find has prompted concerns of a rise in illegal poaching in the Brandon area.
Charlie Snare, of Brandon District Angling Club, helps manage the Brandon Pond, a wel-used [sic\ fishing area. More....