css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} A young otter, who has become a “popular local character”, was found dead in an illegal crayfish trap

Animal filmmaker Phil Coles discovered his body while removing a net he spotted tied up on the River Wensum in Norwich while walking his dog

He said: “This young animal, who brought happiness to so many people, suffered a terrible death”

The Rivers Trust said the number of illegal traps increased during the lockdown and urged people to report the incidents

M Coles said: “This arrogant and confident young otter delighted observers throughout Wensum, from downtown to Earlham, but on Friday the beloved local figure was found dead”

He said the dead otter and the mosquito net were collected by the Environment Agency, which was investigating

Jessie Leach, of the Norfolk Rivers Trust, said: “We have seen a dramatic and unacceptable increase in illegal trapping since the lockdown began

“It kills our wildlife and can spread crayfish plague to other watersheds We therefore urge members of the public to report any incidents to the Environment Agency.”

Environment Agency permission is needed to trap crayfish in England and the rare native white-clawed species are protected by law

“There are strict rules regarding the design and size of crayfish traps as they can harm other wildlife,” says its website

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