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

Wildlife filmmaker Phil Coles discovered his body when he was removing a net that he had tied up on the River Wensum in Norwich while walking his dog

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

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

Mr Coles said, “This cocky, confident young otter has delighted watchers all over the Wensum from downtown to Earlham, but on Friday the popular local character was found dead”

He said the dead otter and net were collected by the environmental agency that was investigating

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

“This is killing our wildlife and can spread the crab plague to other river basins We therefore urge the public to report all incidents to the environmental authority “

Approval from the Environment Agency is required to catch crabs in England and the rare, native white-clawed species are protected by law

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

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