Protecting Fish Ponds
from Wildlife Damage

Tips for Protecting your fish from raccoons

  • Don't waste your time with repellents, lights, sounds (audible or not) or odors.
  • Use native fish whenever possible as they are harder for raccoons to see.
  • Grow Sedum or other spongy type plant around as much of the pond as possible. This plant makes it difficult for the raccoon to feel he has a secure place to stand on and can disrupt his balance as he reaches to scoop fish.
  • Install deeper ponds to provide more security as they are less likely for a raccoon to wade in. However, the surface of the pond needs to be balanced with depth so that the fish obtain sufficient oxygen.
  • Provide underwater structure so that the fish have more places to hide if the raccoon misses on the first pass.

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Protecting Your Fish Pond
from Bird Predation

Step 1. Know the Law. All migratory birds are protected. This means even the ones that are attacking your fish. They cannot be shot, trapped, or otherwise harmed, including their nests without a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and your state's division of wildlife.

Step 2. Consider the Legal Options. 

A. Hazing

B. Exclusion

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