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Arkansas Angler Reeled in…a Pirahna

Ozark County Times

Where did this piranha come from?

It has been confirmed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Department that a piranha was caught in Lake Bentonville. Piranhas are a warm-weather fish, indigenous to the rivers of South America, and cannot survive the freezing winter temperatures. So where did it come from?

This isn’t the first case of a caught piranha in Lake Bentonville. Many people get the exotic fish to keep as a pet and then let it go in lakes and rivers when it gets too big, or maybe too ferocious. Illegally dumping fish can result in a $2,500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Whoever dumped this fish is unknown.

The species was confirmed when the angler’s Facebook photos were observed by biologists.

 

Arkansas Angler Reeled in…a Pirahna