Beware the Crafty Koi Killer!Posted on the 4th October 2017
Keen Koi keepers in Burbage and Pewsey were left bereft recently after an unknown assailant killed prize carp worth hundreds of pounds. One unlucky owner lost £2,500 worth of the valuable ornamental pond fish in one night after a raid by the mysterious killer, which left parts of the victims left strewn across gardens.
While the attacks have been blamed on descendants of mink freed in 1998 by the Animal Liberation Front from nearby fur farms, other prime suspects include otters, herons and even grass snakes.
Otters and mink will naturally feed on any fish they can find and large, colourful fish such as koi are particularly irresistible. Additionally, the fact that the carp are corralled in relatively small and shallow domestic ponds rather than larger wild ones means that the crafty killers are presented with a veritable buffet.
Gardeners in the area have been urged to cover their ponds with a metal grid or to set up infrared motion-detecting cameras to try and catch the killers in the act. However if you do have a pond full of valuable koi or other fish that you’ve taken great pains to rear, it’s worth exploring the option of low-voltage electric fencing - just one of a number of devices available from our stores to protect them from hungry opportunists and prevent another murder mystery from unfolding in your garden.
The return of the otter to its former range is a welcome wildlife success story, but as we've experienced ourselves in a few stores, these accomplished predators can be quick to spot an opportunity for an easy meal...