Bev. from Langley, BC
We have a neighbor who put wire mesh over his pond, with a steel support. It seems to keep his dogs out, who like to feast on the fish as well. No raccoon problems. Our ponds are deeper than 1/2 foot about 2 ft deep, and have plants in them to hide the fish. (06/20/2007)
By Susan from Hamilton
Cut a piece of rigid wire netting, like chicken wire, to the shape of the pool and put it just under the surface of the water. You might need some slender rods to support it. Keeps the coons out, no problem to the fish, pretty much invisible, and very handy to lift leaves out every day. (06/21/2007)
By Kim Ch
Thanks to all for the advise. I think we have some great ideas to work with.
By Happy Ponder
We took some green yard stacks (1/2" thick and 4-6 feet long) then some mesh material and made a cover for our ponds. The stacks were used for rigidity and to lay across the pond resting on each edge. First we used a fish net material then switched to a dark green plastic with 3" open squares. It kept the raccoon and the birds away. Try variations on this theme depending on the size of your ponds. (04/26/2008)
By Cecil Dye
I've used fishing line and stakes a couple inches (like a fence) in height around the perimeter of my pond. The raccoons and herons hit as they approach and back away because it's nearly invisible. (08/16/2008)
I lined the top of my fenced yard with carpet tack strip. Raccoons no longer climb it, though cats still will (guess they are light enough not to get stuck), but no raccoons since. (12/21/2008)
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