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Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« on: September 12, 2003, 06:16:01 am »
I got up this morning & every fish is gone & all the plants are trashed...well, my ponds lasted about 3+ months :-(

Not much I can do now since I have to get to work. I just cleaned out all the dead plants & the dead misquito fish that must have gotten crushed in the battle.

Oh well, I still have my pictures...
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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2003, 11:35:42 am »
Noooooo!!!!!   :o And your pond survived the July 4th fireworks but not racoons.  That is no good, no good at all I say!  Perhaps you can build a new one... that way you can ice scate on it during the winter if it gets cold enough, but then again I suppose that doesn't happen in San Fran
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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2003, 01:20:57 pm »
Eric ..  make another pond , but put what we call "chicken wire"  over it ..  that is wire that you use on bird avairys   .. ya make a "dome" of it to cover the pond  .. it stops the magpies and ravens   gettin at the fish  !!

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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2003, 05:07:20 pm »
It was definitely racoons & yeah I'll be making a chicken wire frame to cover the bathtub portion of the pond...the upper pond will only be for plants from now on.  Luckily my mom has a large racoon trap that I just picked up on the way home from work...

cya all tonight!

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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2003, 08:25:15 am »
those "thieving magpies"  8)

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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2003, 12:22:15 pm »
those "thieving magpies"  8)


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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2003, 06:19:25 pm »
You can see pictures of the poor fish & the ponds from about a week ago...I haven't posted the one "after" pic I took yet.  Since I don't use pond liner, there are no leaks, just shreaded plants & a bunch of baby misquito fish that were too small to catch or eat...  The racoon trap didn't get a nibble last night...if I can catch one or two of them maybe, MAYBE I'll get more goldfish sooner than later... :(

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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2003, 10:58:24 pm »
Get the kind of fish that eat raccoons!
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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2003, 02:43:44 pm »
Get the kind of fish that eat raccoons!

Get a few adult piranha...certainly would be a surprise for a city-dwelling raccoon, dipping its paws into that pond thinking it had found another free sushi dinner!  However, I am sure the remaining small mosquito fish would be gobbled up in quick order...so perhaps it would be a bad trade-off in the long run.

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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2003, 11:14:47 pm »
I think pirahna wouldn't survive a fight with a hungry racoon, unless I got like 20 of the suckers...lol



Here's after the attack, doesn't look bad in the pic, but most of the plants are gone & so are all the goldfish...

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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2003, 12:33:03 am »
How 'bout some pet 'gators ?  

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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2003, 08:14:30 pm »
Now I need a beast that will eat both racoons & algae too!  After cleaning out the mud & other junk I also threw the ponds off "balance."  Which means with just a few hot sunny days my ponds are choked with string algae!

I still haven't trapped a (the) damned thing...I did move the one goldfish from my front yard container to the small pond in the back yard today.  Maybe that will do the trick & get those 'coons to come out of hiding...lol  

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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2003, 02:29:36 pm »
I want to be the beast!!!

I will protect the pond with my life!!
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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2003, 02:30:40 pm »
HAHAHAAAA!!!!

Shawn.....you beast  ;)

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Re:Ponds trashed by racoons last night :-(
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2003, 09:17:21 pm »
BTW Frans & all the possum & any other animals I trap are taken care of by the county...   Pleanty of  places to release them.