OT­TER STILL AT LARGE IN CHI­NESE GAR­DEN, SNACK­ING ON KOI

Calgary Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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