questionsdo you own a pond? if so is it protected?

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Hmmm...

The cranes are not hurting your koi.

They are eating them. That's what they do.

You should check your local wildlife protection laws for regulations regarding that species of crane. If the crane in question is a protected species, you might be in trouble for hurting the crane.

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We have a very real looking heron and a motion activated sprinkler... it worked, but we had a crazy snow storm last year and a tree stabbed through the liner and couldn't patch it... sadddd... long story short: no moar fishes :( ...but the heron and sprinkler worked for the time it lasted

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@holden upthedike: Yeah, so I can't help thinking that being eaten would be slightly uncomfortable.

And I DO NOT want to hurt the crane! That was the reason for this post. I just want to protect the koi that I try to give a wonderful, worry free life.

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I own a part of a water hazard on a golf course. It is in actuality a huge detention pond complete with all sorts of fish, birds and alligators. I HATE to see nature in action when a turtle lays an egg on the bank and the crows watching from a tree fly right down and scoop it up. It is probably a losing proposition to protect the koi from a determined predator, especially one that flies. Yeah, seeing a bird caught in a fence would bother me, though, even if it had done something really bad such as grabbing one of my fish. I would take the fence down probably.

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A couple times a year, it rains real hard and then I get a pond in my back yard.

Here's a photo I took during one of those times and the creatures that live in the pond.

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I friend did the fishing line thing.

http://fullserviceaquatics.com/blog/all-things-pond/ponds/heron-deterrents-for-your-koi-pond/

It is nice of you to provide the birds a local source of sushi, though.

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@sskarstad: Technically sushi is not fish. To qualify to be sushi, you just need rice and "neta." The most common neta is seafood.

Some people eat sushi with mo meat and add pickled radishes, soybeans, avocado, cucumbers, asparagus, yams, or corn instead.

Raw meat by itself is sashimi -- not sushi.

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It is nice of you to provide the birds a local source of sashimi.

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@klozitshoper: You're welcome. I hate to see nature in action too. I have a mother duck that started out with 14 ducklings living in my patio at night. She leaves in the daytime and comes back with fewer ducklings than the night before. She's now down to 11.

I've seen hawks grab one and a crow too. Who would have thought a stupid crow would eat a duckling but I can tell you from first hand experience that they do.

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If it's not so cold that it'll freeze, a motion detecting sprinkler works wonders with ALL wildlife.