Help.. Fish keep getting injured

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    Mike in Vermont

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    That was my best guess. I recommend buying a live trap. Bait it with canned tuna or sardines.
     
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    It's interesting about the mink though, I've never seen one round here, I think there is something going on in the south east of England to get rid of them, as they are not native to this country, whether this could be the problem, I'm not sure, there is some woodland, fields and a lake not that far from me, but it would be odd, if one has come this far, into a built up housing estate.. Could be a weasel or a stoat, they are more common than a mink, but still, it would still have to venture far away from any green area just to visit my small pond.
    I am thinking about the trap though, see if I can order one online.
     
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    Let us know how u get on
     
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    You can count out the frogs. They have no teeth, and like snakes they swallow their prey whole.
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    Well after a few weeks of using the wildlife camera.. the only creatures that visited the pond were this darn cat, who.. i've never seen anywhere around here in daylight and god knows who it belongs too!! and a small fox.. still doesn't really explain chunks taken out of the fish though. i suppose it could of been the cat???
     

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    mrsclem mrsclem

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    I'm thinking more likely the fox-
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    @Momoko I have heard of cats getting into fish ponds, but from my experience with cats, I would think that only a really desperate feral would be that bold. My cats are always fascinated with water, but as soon as they realize it's wet......

    Have you set up a live-trap? I apologize if this has already been mentioned as I didn't go back and read older posts.
     
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    No, I haven't got a live trap yet, and seeing how nothing small like a rat has visited on the camera, i'm not sure whether that could be a waste of money or not.
     
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    Not sure where you are, but here, you can get a live trap from animal control for free.
     
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    im in the Uk tbendl
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    But it might catch something larger, like a fox or raccoon, or whatever varmints you have there. They come in different sizes to fit almost any critter. They trap (for release), but don't kill. They might also be called "no-kill" traps. Here is an example of one....
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    Ruben Miranda I am so confused

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    Hello
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    Raccoons, weasels, herons or other big hunters do not bite and let it go.

    I would had bet money it is a turttle, and kinda think it is and,you have not seen it, and it is still in the.pond.

    A cat yes could be they mostly play with there food first.
    Did you see any small puncher wounds or scrathes on the fish.
    As cats use there claws to grab there pray.

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    I removed about 15 dead fish with raccoon bites. IMO, they injure/kill more than they catch.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Guess I am lucky we have huge raccoon's they have never bothered the pond or fish. The heron is a different story.
     
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    My money is on the fox we have three cats amd all live in harmomy with the pond and ofte sleep aropund its edges .
    Have you ever thought of netting your pond ?

    Dave
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    TM that is the trap I use for our ground hog visitors Caught 6 ground hogs, three raccoons and two opossums. Only the ground hogs get relocated. The rest get released back into the yard Apples work great!

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    @addy1 , I'm curious, do groundhogs, damage pond liners?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    They never have, I had one swim across the pond and climb out. It had to claw to get out. I have not had one start a home near the pond.
    They probably won't since the pond is built in a real rocky spot. Also they love the burrows under our shed and both garages.
     
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