"Warning Graphic images" 10:20am Thursday 12th Mar
joined: 10th Jul 09
last here: 8:08am Today
A few days ago, I found one of my Koi around 10 yards away from the edge of my natural pond, I assumed it must have jumped out, and then been attacked by cats or something.
This morning I awoke to a similar scene of carnage, this time the fish was only around 3,yards from the ponds edge.
I live in North Yorkshire, near the coast, I do see herons around here, but I don't think they would be stong enough to drag a fish as big as this out of the water - does anyone have any thoughts on what could be responsible.
In the meantime, I am putting an electric fence around the perimeter.
"RE: Warning Graphic images" 11:09am Friday 13th Mar
joined: 16th Jul 06
last here: 1:22pm Today
I had a problem with a predator and it was definitely mink in my case. Fish were completely devoured. You seem to have a predator that is taking the fish but not consuming them. So maybe not otter or mink. A camera to find out is the best idea and then you will know what you are dealing with. Good luck. Michael.
"RE: Warning Graphic images" 3:19pm Friday 13th Mar | message edited 2 times
joined: 13th Jul 10
last here: 11:14am Today
from: West Yorkshire
Here are a few camera traps they do still shots and video easy to use - you will also need sim card and battery's - I got re-chargeable and a charger. They are great for seeing what wildlife is about especially at night when you are not about.
Looks like whatever has taken this fish has eaten some of it (hard to imagine the fish size with noting at the side of it to compare) I would go for Mink or otter.
"RE: Warning Graphic images" 9:28am Sunday 15th Mar
joined: 25th Jun 17
last here: 1:21am Sunday 29th Mar
from: Selby, N.Yorks
Based on my coarse fishing experience I would suggest Mink. They usually eat what they can in a sitting and leave the rest and catch fresh again for the next meal, usually only eating a small select area as in your case.