OTTER STILL AT LARGE IN CHINESE GARDEN, SNACKING ON KOI
A wandering river otter with a taste for decorative and valuable koi carp has managed to elude a trap set Tuesday in hopes of removing it from Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden in Vancouver. Officials with the Vancouver Park Board baited the humane trap with chicken and smeared a mat with fish oil to entice the otter in an effort to relocate the adventurous mammal to a more appropriate home in Stanley Park, about three kilometres away. But a park board spokeswoman says the trap was empty Wednesday. The otter has had no trouble chasing down some of the large, and very old koi that live in the garden’s ponds, and is blamed for eating about five or six of them. Park board and Vancouver Aquarium staff are also making plans to remove the roughly 11 large koi still remaining in the ponds.