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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Residents in Reedham have been warned to protect their gardens from a mischievous otter after the crafty creature was spotted fishing for food in people’s ponds.
The parish council has sent out the alarm after residents with a back garden pond reported their fish had been hooked by the roving river dweller and gobbled up for dinner.
It is believed the otter has been getting into the village when the River Yare reaches high tide and using the elevated water to get over the wall.
Parish councillor Paul Bilverstone had been made aware of the cheeky chancer after a resident told him his prized fish had been attacked, with some being killed and others left with bite marks.
Mr Bilverstone said: “It went in a pond half way down New Road and slaughtered a lot of their fish and then it went round a neighbours and he’d had his fish in the pond for about 30 years.
“They were beautiful fish and it absolutely devastated the owners.”
The otter has been spotted in the Middle Hill and New Road area late at night, running towards the river, and is believed to have been a “fairly regular” visitor.