Monday, September 3, 2012

Parker fisherman hooks surprise catch: a piranha

Parker – One fisherman got the surprise of his life when he discovered a species of Piranha living inside a neighborhood lake that’s more likely to be the home of bass and tadpoles.
“I’m worried about it eating all my other fish,” said Garry Norman while admiring his latest catch from Bingham Lake in Parker.

The fish, which experts believe is a Pacu, is a native of South America and not a species of fish normally found in Colorado. Some suggest the fish was first brought to the United States as a pet but its owner likely abandoned the Pacu after only a number of months.

“People get them at pet shops they don’t want to flush them down the toilet and when they can’t afford to feed them they’ll let them go.” added one fisherman when asked about the unlikely discovery.

4 comments:

Mark Kautz/Shoreman said...

Wonder if the guy had all his fingers when he let it go?

Mark

Kim Gibson said...

Matt, when I saw this post, I immediately thought of this article I read. Scary and gross, but, I won't soon forget the Pacu!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/07/pacu-testicle-eating-fish-illinois-lake_n_1656015.html

Howard Levett said...

I wonder if they're good to eat?

Doc Outlaw said...

Great post! Animal Planet's River Monsters has an episode about what can happen to an ecosystem that isn't ready for it when Pacu are introduced. Your post scared me when I read it. Colorado has some serious educating they need to do or they are going to have problems like we have with snakehead on the east coast.