How can we humanely get rid of a crane that keeps visiting our pond?

We used to have several koi and minnows and they are slowly disappearing. We’re certain the culprit is this beautiful crane. Normally I would welcome the visitor, but not to eat our fish friends. Help!!

6 Responses to “How can we humanely get rid of a crane that keeps visiting our pond?”

  1. britinSaxony  on August 12th, 2011

    You don’t say where you are located but in many countries/areas cranes & egrets are protected species & as such you are limited in what you can do.

    My friend with a koi pond actually has her pond in a large enclosure made of a tough green poly fencing product. It blends into the background & you can barely see it & it keeps out the unwanted visitors including the furry ones.

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  2. dbackbarb  on August 12th, 2011

    Call the local zoo or wildlife refuge. They will usually remove it for free if it is causing a problem, or they will recommend someone who can.

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  3. Brian M  on August 12th, 2011

    Ask the local authorities if they can recommend a specialist that will advise you. If the crane has made a nest, you may have a serious problem, because it, and its offspring have put down roots.
    It’s probably a protected species, so don’t try to kill it–talk to the authorities. B.

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  4. Wendylou  on August 12th, 2011

    Placing a strong mesh over the pond will help but another deterrent is to place an artificial crane near the pond. This will scare the other crane away – no harm done.

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  5. poka d  on August 12th, 2011

    There are wild life organizations you can contact that will remove the crane from your pond. They will give it a better home.

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  6. Loollea  on August 12th, 2011

    go to your local garden shop and buy fruit tree netting( very light weight plastic blask mesh) cover your pond with it and it will keep the crane out
    we have an owl who dives into the pond and catches fish in the middle of the night , he caught two of my really good females
    the net stopped him

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