People dumped their goldfish into lakes. Now the pets are football-sized and taking over
Category: Environment/ClimateVia: hallux • 3 years ago • 18 comments
By: Reis Thebault, Washington Post
The invasion begins innocently enough: A goldfish paddles the secluded waters of an at-home aquarium, minding its own business, disturbing no native habitats. The real trouble comes later, when the human who put it there decides it’s time for a change. Not wanting to hurt the fish, but not wanting to keep it either, the pet’s owner decides to release it into a local lake, pond or waterway. That decision, experts say, is well-meaning but misguided — and potentially harmful.