Goldfish invade Minnesota lakes


(KARE) Invasive goldfish have taken over a chain of lakes in Chaska, Minnesota. 

 “Probably people released some pets, males found a female and now this is what we have,” says Andrew Dickhart with Carver County Water Management.

 Dickhart says it’s illegal to dump unwanted invasive goldfish into any Minnesota water body. He’s teaming up with Megan Weber from the University of Minnesota to try and figure out how to get the goldfish out of the water. They say they’re worried about the harmful impacts. 

 “Stirring up a lot of sediment, uprooting a lot of aquatic vegetation,” Dickhart says.

 There are ways to get rid of your unwanted goldfish instead of just dumping them in your local lake, river or creek.

 Experts suggest finding them a new home or taking them to a surrender event. 

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