Otters..... #@£%!!


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Who doesn't love an Otter?
Currently, me! Had 2 in our pond midnight one Tuesday last month
Death toll initially 24, cheeky blighters were even stashing them in a "larder" under the pond bridge!
Came back following night, despite efforts to secure access point, killed 4 of the larger remaining fish, spent most of Friday covering pond in wire mesh.
Midnight checked pond, they'd pulled out a roll of wire jammed into a gap under the bridge with bricks, found one eviscerated corpse. Of approx' 50 fish all that's left, we think, are some minnows........ Pissed Off don't come close
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Who doesn't love an Otter?
Currently, me! Had 2 in our pond midnight one Tuesday last month
Death toll initially 24, cheeky blighters were even stashing them in a "larder" under the pond bridge!
Came back following night, despite efforts to secure access point, killed 4 of the larger remaining fish, spent most of Friday covering pond in wire mesh.
Midnight checked pond, they'd pulled out a roll of wire jammed into a gap under the bridge with bricks, found one eviscerated corpse. Of approx' 50 fish all that's left, we think, are some minnows........ Pissed Off don't come closeView attachment 144682View attachment 144683
sorry for your loss; otters are like the kiss of death for a pond. I think only electric fencing will keep them away.

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That's awful! It would be bad enough if the little critters ate their fill and left but no, looks like they were assassins. An electric fence might work. They have high voltage low amps but will get the varmints attention. Just be careful not to touch it yourself. It is a significant emotional experience!
 
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hi @RobinP, sorry to hear of your losses, as beautiful as otters are they are a top apex predator and very very intelligent, i think your best bet would be as others have mentioned install an electric fence, one belt off an electric fence will send him/her on there way hopefully never to return. cheers mark
 
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So sorry, just heartbreaking. I've read stories of experienced ponders throwing in the towel once an otter discovers their pond :(
 
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Sorry for your loss that's quite the toll. As we would say in the biker side of life IT"S ON
 
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