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Old 09-01-2017, 05:48 AM
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some of you know of my issues with a Mink and my Koi Pond the last 3-4 years. cleaned me out twice in 3 yrs. I re-stocked this past spring.

Mink are so smart and will not quit until they kill whatever is in it's mind to get to.
I have spoken to NH Animal control and NH Extension office, and they say I'm screwed.

I agree that trying to cover the pond is a waste of time. It(or they) WILL get in.

I'm thinking about building a cage and moving the fish to it for the winter. Pond is and has been heated for 20 years. I want it to go from bottom to surface(about 3'). If the mink get in the water they can't get to the fish

I can't use the online mesh ones. Mink will chew through that.

you guys are pretty spectacular in your McGivers so anything will help.

thx

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If you want something the mink cant chew through, did you consider lobster trap wire? or trapping them and sell the pelt for 2 bucks,, or just shoot the things
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How big is the pond? Maybe a black coated wire mesh screen a few inches below the waterline? Keep the mink out but below the water so it disappears visually.
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electric fence?
http://www.electricfence-online.co.u...ters-mink.html
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Originally Posted by lobstercatcher View Post
If you want something the mink cant chew through, did you consider lobster trap wire? or trapping them and sell the pelt for 2 bucks,, or just shoot the things
I'm thinking of building square cages out of 3" PVC board with 1/4" chicken wire, plywood bottom with a 12' square paver to sink it

Trapping these things is tough in an area like this. They are so transient, travel miles daily, then quick hit, clean out, and run to the next area. Have A Heart traps are difficult and the other hard traps scare me(neighbors cats etc). Chicken farmers have been fighting these things for centuries.

the 2 times they hit me were Xmas day 2014 and last winter 12/30.
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Not sure if it is feasible, electrify a 1/2" welded wire mesh fence.
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Originally Posted by Fish Hunter IV View Post
How big is the pond? Maybe a black coated wire mesh screen a few inches below the waterline? Keep the mink out but below the water so it disappears visually.
not big, maybe 16 x 10 x 3 deep at the deepest. I could never cut chicken wire in contour to make it fit tight enough, plus, it could pierce the liner. Pond is lined with large rocks that been foamed in on the shelf going around the pond so couldn't get under them if I tried.
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Originally Posted by STEELA View Post
I'm thinking of building square cages out of 3" PVC board with 1/4" chicken wire, plywood bottom with a 12' square paver to sink it

Trapping these things is tough in an area like this. They are so transient, travel miles daily, then quick hit, clean out, and run to the next area. Have A Heart traps are difficult and the other hard traps scare me(neighbors cats etc). Chicken farmers have been fighting these things for centuries.

the 2 times they hit me were Xmas day 2014 and last winter 12/30.
Thats pretty good to know within a week when to expect them. maybe cage the fish in keeper type pots and then shoot the suckers with a 22lr if you have the room. maybe a pellet gun if you need to be quiet about it
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not sure how I could ever around this to seal off completely


will post a pic. If the pond was sitting flat in a yard the fence idea would probably work. My problem is, there's hardscape connected to it and behind it is a 12' rise consisting of massive boulders, and, 10' rise water fall. not sure I could get an electric fence to close down to the ground all around, and if not, they will get in
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Cage the fish in? They are not as active during the winter. Maybe cage them in a much smaller enclosure for a couple of "prime" months. That way there is no conforming to the pond. Just build as large a rectangle as would fit. Might be easier than keeping the vermin out! Will the mink eat through hardware cloth? It is easy to form and tie wrap closed, is self supporting and cheap. As well as light and the galvanized stuff will last you a couple of years at least. We used to make pin fish traps out of the heavier gauge hardware cloth and once formed and tied together it is pretty ridged. If the mink will eat thru the tie wraps just get a few feet of 12ga copper wire and use that, that is what we used before tie wraps.

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Originally Posted by skedaddle View Post
Cage the fish in? They are not as active during the winter. Maybe cage them in a much smaller enclosure for a couple of "prime" months. That way there is no conforming to the pond. Just build as large a rectangle as would fit. Might be easier than keeping the vermin out! Will the mink eat through hardware cloth? It is easy to form and tie wrap closed, is self supporting and cheap. As well as light and the galvanized stuff will last you a couple of years at least. We used to make pin fish traps out of the heavier gauge hardware cloth and once formed and tied together it is pretty ridged. If the mink will eat thru the tie wraps just get a few feet of 12ga copper wire and use that, that is what we used before tie wraps.

they will eat thru concrete block(or try to) to get to an elevated chicken coup as an indication. They are just like the weasel in the cartoons. Psycho.

Your thoughts mirror mine. the fish are completely dormant Dec to March. They hunker down in a spot and that's it. I'm thinking why not in a chicken wire box? Instead of fighting a losing battle of minks getting in the pond, just let em. but they can't get to the fish. Then I'll put out the have a heart trap, chicken and mink oil and see if I can bag one.

10k fine if I do but I could care or less.
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Originally Posted by STEELA View Post
....Then see if I can bag one.

10k fine if I do but I could care or less.
Just promise you won't start a go fund me page.
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Originally Posted by aubv View Post
Just promise you won't start a go fund me page.
10k Go Fund Me to pay a Mink fine while I'm drinking a beer?

that kind?
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I think I found it. Galvanized mesh.
Take the floats off. Put a 12" paver in it and sink it.

https://www.reeltexasoutdoors.com/products/fish-cage-fish-holding-cage-fish-holder


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