Anyone from North Dakota like piranhas?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by buddah, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. buddah

    buddah New Member

    Messages:
    1,622
    State:
    Pennsylvania Wi
    JAMESTOWN, N.D. - State wildlife officials have a fish story with some teeth to it. Game warden supervisor Dick Knapp and district game warden Jason Scott responded to a call over the weekend of a woman catching what she thought was a piranha at the Casselton Reservoir.
    The small fish with big, sharp teeth is native to the Amazon River in South America.
    Knapp said the catch was confirmed by biologists. The state Game and Fish Department believes the four-inch-long red-bellied piranha probably came from someone's aquarium.
    "It had to have been somebody's pet," said Greg Power, the state fisheries chief.
    Introducing a foreign species to North Dakota waterways is illegal, but officials said they have no idea who put the piranha in the reservoir, which Power said is a small fishery on an unnamed creek that has been dammed. Knapp said the warm-water fish would not have survived the winter, anyway.
    Power said the piranha likely was too small to have done any damage to other fish in the reservoir, which has trout, panfish and other species.
    He said he has heard of piranha being caught in other states, but that this might be a first for North Dakota.
    "We have had goldfish that were put in (lakes) ... but never a piranha," Power said.
     
  2. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

    Messages:
    1,123
    State:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Somebody caught a couple pirhanas out of a creek near here several years ago. And somebody else spotted a 4ft alligator too.
     

  3. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,241
    State:
    Virginia
    Just another example of irresponsable exiotic pet owners. Someone probably thought it was funny to dump it in there.
     
  4. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

    Messages:
    774
    State:
    kentucky
    i remember one time supposedly someone dumped some in the ohio river