I had to be a killer yesterday. I didn't like it, but it had to be done. A few weeks ago when entering my garden, which is next to my pond, I came upon a snake which, upon seeing me, immediately took off and jumped into the pond for safety. This has happened before as we live in the country and usually the snake leaves when the coast is clear and I never see it again. Now about this same time one of my koi disappeared and I couldn't explain it having not seeing a dead fish floating or in the skimmer basket. I bought a couple new koi and the day after one of them also disappeared. A short while later a goldfish disappeared. But then a week or so ago when I was feeding them early in the morning a snake swam by me close to the edge. Now I know what happened to my koi. The hunt was on. By the time I went into the house to get my gun the snake was gone. Everyday I took my gun with me when I fed, but no snake. Then yesterday morning there was a commotion in the skimmer basket. My pond is a 15,000 gal converted swimming pool so the skimmers are quite large and powerful as koi ponds go. When I removed the cover sure enough there was my snake along with the usual 5 or 6 toads trapped from last night's toady orgy. When I removed the basket the snake dove down to the bottom of the skimmer space to hide. All I had to do then was put the skimmer basket over the top and trapped it under water until it drowned. I felt good all day knowing I had gotten my snake. When I was feeding them last night I'll be darned if my dog, a pointer with a big nose, scared another snake out of the flowers and sent it into the pond. This time I ran into the house, got my gun, and waited for it to come up for air, which it did, and I promptly shot it and removed it. I respect all living things and hate to kill anything, but when not one, but TWO snakes use my prized koi pond as a buffet, that's the red line where I become a snake killer. Never had 2 in one day, I sure hope this isn't going to be a bad snake year.