Every now and then you hear stories about people releasing unwanted pets into the wild. Like pythons in Florida and such. In fact, recently in Australia, police mistakenly released a pregnant, disease-carrying boa constrictor into the wild thinking it was a python (itâ€™s not funny, though it does sound like the premise of a B-movie). Well, it seems like someone decided they just could notÂ bring their pet goldfish to dishonorable death by toilet flush, and released them into a lake. And the ownerÂ may be pleased to know the fish did notÂ die!
In fact, they multiplied. By the THOUSANDS.
And that isÂ a problem.
Now Teller Lake #5 in Boulder, Colorado is having a major issue with this exotic species threatening the aquatic ecosystem. It could result in â€śelectro fishingâ€ť to stun the fish and bring them to the surface for removal, or flat-out draining the lake. Strangely enough, Colorado Parks and Wildlife had a similar incident about two years ago, relying on zapping over 2,200 koi goldfish out of Thunderbird Lake.