Bears are attracted to water, especially in the summer. Swimming pools, hot tubs and artificial ponds all make good places for a bear to cool off. Once a bear is relaxing in your koi pond, it may help itself to a fish dinner, but it’s more likely that the bear’s claws may damage the pond liner as it climbs in and out. The biggest predators of domestic koi are actually great blue herons and kingfishers, followed by domestic cats, raccoons, opossums, fox, muskrats, beavers and snapping turtles.

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