Spotted by staff, it's now on he "most wanted" list. After eluding live traps and feasting on 11 of the fish, the otter has possibly made its excape . (Sadie Brown-Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden)

Otter update;  Vancouver park evacuates carp

Share

It’s one of those animal stories that makes headlines. A week ago, a river otter somehow crossed several busy streets in Vancouver to get to the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden. This traditional garden was where several carp (koi) lived in a tranquil pond.

This was basically a buffet for the otter who began a feast, to the horror of park staff who also closed the park to the public while they tried to capture the elusive bandit.

The situation sparked a fan clubs for the otter, and one for the koi, with buttons for each to show whose side you were on, and twitter accounts for both.

Live traps were set, first by staff, then by an “expert”, but the wily otter took the bait without setting off the traps, as the carp disappeared one by one.

Live traps were set, and the otter managed to take the bait without begin caught, while ignoring several other traps. (Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden-Twitter)

With only three of the original 14 left, and the otter still lurking, they took drastic measures, The y first netted one fish, then swept the entire pond with a net to corral the two others before evacuating them to safety at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Park staff first lowered the water level of the pond, then experts dragged a net across to corral the remaining carp on Wednesday, which proved far easier to catch then the elusive otter. (AquaTerra Environmental)

The otter has not been seen in a couple of days.  Possibly realising the “net was closing in on him, may have made an escape, probably a little fatter now.

While the netting effort recovered the two remaining koi, everyone was surprised to find there were about 300 baby koi some of which will be used to help restock the pond much later. (AquaTerra Environmental)

Staff have made efforts to prevent a return visit by welding additional metal barriers to the gates to prevent otter access and have also installed two security cameras at the pond.  The park, minus the carp, has now re-opened to the public, but as for the fish, they won’t likely be returned until the spring.

Additional information-sources

Share
Categories: Environment, Society
Tags: , , , , , ,

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1. RCInet.ca’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. RCInet.ca reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3. RCInet.ca’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish or in one of the two official languages, English or French. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.

*