Goldfish Took Over This Colorado Lake

Check this out. In a wild story highlighted by NBC news, goldfish—yes, goldfish—have taken over a lake in Colorado.

The invading goldfish at Teller Lake in Boulder, Colorado are estimated to number over 3,000, and obviously, they are a non-native species. That has the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Department in a predicament: drain the lake and restore it to its natural balance or use a special shock boat to stun every fish in the lake and remove the invaders.

According to a report from Discovery News, officials at Colorado Parks & Wildlife are currently looking for information on who might have released the pet store-purchased poisson into the lake.

Non-native species are a significant threat to the natural order in many U.S. states, most notably in Florida where rogue populations of pythons and lion fish are wreaking havoc on the natural ecosystems in the Everglades and on the peninsula’s two coasts. However, Colorado also faces a fight against non-native species. According to a state website, Colorado has been taking measures to stem the tide of a New Zealand mud snail invasion since 2004 and has more recently taken up arms against a rusty crayfish community.

Goldfish might seem like a non-threatening species, but the small, pet store novelties are actually a member of the carp family. And when introduced to the wild, the tiny carp can outcompete natural species for food.

Reports say the fish at Teller Lake were likely released by hand several years ago, and if they remove the population via electro-shock, the fish will be carried to a local raptor rehabilitation facility to use as feed.

Such is the great fish bowl of life.