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A fish eating critter

LibbyP
September 4th, 2006, 10:09 AM
Something is taken to eating my pond fish this week, we've had the ponds now for three years and nothing has ever bothered with them before. This week two have been found laying in the dirt in the garden, first one nothing looked wrong with it, second one:mad: today had part of it's body missing. I just put acouple new fish in on Sat and now I cannot find any of them:yell: Do you think raccoon? Opossum? Cat? Or could it be my dumb a** dogs having some fun? We live right in the middle of the city and haven't seen any 'big' birds around so WTF....:mad: :yell: :frustrated:

cpietra16
September 4th, 2006, 10:49 AM
It could be anything at this point. My guess is a raccoon. I have seen them fish in other peoples ponds and they are very skilled.

Sneaky
September 4th, 2006, 07:31 PM
Id guess Raccoon as the most likely suspect.
Go to your local pond shop, they have nets you can suspend over the water
that are clear mesh, to keep raccoons and the like out.

MyBirdIsEvil
September 4th, 2006, 09:24 PM
Probably raccoons.
My and my dad went fishing one day when I was a little kid. It was winter and really cold out. Well, we left a half frozen 5 gallon bucket of minnows on the porch, and when we came out the next morning a raccoon had somehow stuck his arm down in the little tiny hole in the ice and eaten every single minnow.

jawert1
September 4th, 2006, 09:53 PM
I'd go with racoons for $200 Libby, though becareful as well that a turtle hasn't made it into your pond. While that wouldn't explain the corpses left out of the water, they do go for anything small enough to chomp on (watched a red eared slider wipe out a small pond full of juvenile koi in 2 months)

glasslass
September 5th, 2006, 12:37 AM
We bought 6 fancy gold fish last spring to put in our fishpond with our plain goldfish. 2 blue w/orange spots, 3 white/orange spots/1 with yellow lips, and 1 orange/white spots. Within the first week, something got 2 of the white with orange spots. They just disappeared. We never found any trace of them anywhere. Whatever got them did it at night. The white must have shown up the easiest in the dark. We haven't had any disappear since. We have a high concrete wall that goes around the backyard completely. We thought perhaps a large bird of some kind?

MyBirdIsEvil
September 5th, 2006, 02:29 AM
A raccoon can climb over a concrete wall. So can a cat.

The only bird of prey that hunts at night is owls, and I'm fairly sure they don't fish.