Mink back in the frame

PUBLISHED: 20:03 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 15 June 2010

THE debate over what, or who, is responsible for the disappearance of thousands of fish from garden ponds across East Devon continues.

THE debate over what, or who, is responsible for the disappearance of thousands of fish from garden ponds across East Devon continues.Roy Sleigh, of Trinity Hill, near Axminster, read last week's Herald with interest, but does not believe grass snakes are to blame for the loss of fish from two of his ponds."In March, I found they had nearly all disappeared - including the small fish," he said."I found some very large scales and fins. Two large fish had their heads bitten off and were at the side of a pond."Mr Sleigh says his fish started disappearing far too early for grass snakes to be active."No snakes were about and the culprit was almost certainly a mink," he told the Herald."No way in March is a snake going to take an 18-inch carp. The lining of one of my ponds has been ripped. I've got four fish left."Mr Sleigh says he has taken every precaution against known predators, including netting.Three of his missing fish were worth £100 each and others included "very large" goldfish.


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