The otter is believed to have killed and eaten at least 10 koi at the Doctor Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden since it was first seen on Nov. 17 and now just four of the fish remain. The koi are worth between $1,000-$5,000.
To protect the remaining fish, staff began trying to catch and relocate them to the Vancouver Aquarium for safe keeping, but murky waters and high water levels have made the efforts difficult. Only one koi has been caught thus far.
Last week, park staff began the search for the otter using raw chicken and even hired an expert to help with the effort, but have thus far been unable to locate the unwelcome critter. Once caught, officials say the otter will be relocated to the Fraser Valley.
We continue to try to capture the otter @vangarden. Several more koi were lost over the weekend. Garden staff caught one koi and relocated it to @vancouveraqua and are trying to save the remaining fish. The garden remains closed until further notice. pic.twitter.com/oKiBNhgEgR
An otter is seen behind a tree in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, in Vancouver in a recent handout photo. (Sadie Brown)
VANCOUVER — An opportunistic otter that is preying on koi in a unique downtown Vancouver garden has eaten at least three more of the large fish and continues to evade efforts to trap and remove it.
The Vancouver Park Board confirms on social media that the otter, which moved into the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden just over a week ago, is still on the loose and several more of the gardens 14 prized koi have disappeared since Friday.
Its now estimated that 10 of the valuable fish, prized for their longevity, size and unique markings, have been eaten.
Over the weekend, park board staff tried to remove the remaining koi from the network of ponds in the garden at the edge of Vancouvers Chinatown district, but were only able to capture one.
Further information is expected to be released about attempts to snare and relocate the otter to the Fraser Valley.
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