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Old 08-10-2017, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Keep racoons out of a koi pond

My mother has this little koi pond in her backyard. (maybe 8'x 15'?)
The issue is racoons tend to help themselves to the koi.
I made a crappy net out of PCV, pool noodles and webbing to just keep them out, but making my mother deal with that ugly net is not ideal.
Any other ideas?

A retractable screen would be neat, but I can't think of a way to make it look nice.
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Single wire low electric fence around pond?

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Had the same problem at my Moms. After I trapped and "relocated" the 3rd one the rest seemed to get the message.
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Trap and relocate the coons, bullet in the head is your choice.

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Old 08-10-2017, 11:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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whats the edge of the pond like? Sloped or strait down and how deep? You could border the pond with 1.5 to 2 foot tall decorative boulders so the raccoons are out of easy reach. You can also try a motion activated sprinkler.
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My buddy got a motion sensing sprinkler. Worked for him.
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That Katchakid netting looks nice, it would blend into it I think.

The edge even has a little step the raccons can step in on and reach them, it was a design issue...
She does not want to stack anything in front it, to raise where they can't reach it.

I like the sprinkler idea. She only has a cat, it leaves that pond alone.

I've caught at least 8 of them, spray painted a green line on them, and um, re homed them.
My mom lives in a fancy area of town, so no fire arms can be discharged.
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My mom lives in a fancy area of town, so no fire arms can be discharged.
A 10/22 with subsonics and a PH373 on the end isnt a firearm. It's a kid popping an emtpy bag of chips.
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Shooting a firearm in town is kind of like concealed carry. Done right - nobody knows.
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A 10/22 with subsonics and a PH373 on the end isnt a firearm. It's a kid popping an emtpy bag of chips.
No, it's a kid opening a bag of chips by using a crescent wrench as a hammer. A bolt action is far quieter.
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Amateur hour. You trap one. Chop his head off and stick it on a pole. The others will get the message.
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My gramps had chicken wire laid across the top of his to keep critters out and the fish in. It sank a couple inches deep and was barely noticeable.
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Ensure any potted plant or 'shelf' in the pond is deep enough to where they cannot place their front paws in and keep their head above water. This is typically how they grab prey. Had the same problem with my parent's koi pond.
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I am sure that you are joking about attaching a filter to the end of a firearm, but please do not do this. Unless you want to go to jail for a NFA violation.
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My dad lined the perimeter of the pond with chicken wire on the ground and hooked up to an electric fence controller.
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@Wilson is like a pond expert!
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Fill the pond with drain oil.
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I was thinking more along the lines of corrugated steel sides about 2' above water level so they can get in but they can't get out...
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I am sure that you are joking about attaching a filter to the end of a firearm, but please do not do this. Unless you want to go to jail for a NFA violation.

Oh geez. Because if I do it in my back yard the oil filter silencer police will be there to arrest me. It's there to keep shit from getting in the end of my barrel.
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