Otters are killing expensive pet fish in people’s garden ponds, police in Wiltshire have warned.
Local forces said some residents in Corsham had reported to police that their fish had disappeared or been killed.
After consulting with the Corsham Neighborhood Team, officers said that from the information and pictures residents provided to them, they were “sure that it was the otters that were causing the damage”.
“We appreciate this is not a police issue but fish worth a lot of money,” Corsham Police posted on Facebook.
The force recommends covering garden ponds with welded mesh or creating a wire fence around them about 4 inches above the ground.
“Both are harmless to the animal, but will deter it,” the officers wrote.
The otter’s diet consists mainly of fish and shellfish. There are only about 11,000 birds across England and Wales, making them a “vulnerable” species.
One research made by scientists at the University of Exeter in recent years suggested that otters juggle rocks while they are waiting for food.
Experts at Exeter found that young otters juggle to show they’re excited about food, while older otters can do it to maintain brain function.