Did you know that pet goldfish are considered an invasive species in the wild?

On July 9, the City of Burnsville, Minnesota posted a few pictures of some giant goldfish that were caught during a fish survey on Keller Lake. According to the Facebook post, goldfish have been spotted in the lake over recent years. But how did pet goldfish end up running rampant on Keller Lake?

People are asked to rehome their fish rather than release them into the wild.

The City of Burnsville's post said that goldfish owners just release the fish into ponds and lakes without considering the consequences. As a result, the goldfish get big and "can contribute to poor water quality by mucking up the bottom sediments and uprooting plants." The Facebook post asked people to rehome their fish rather than release them to the wild.

In general, it is a bad decision to release pets into the wild.

Even though goldfish seem to adapt and conquer in the wild, that is not typical for pets. Housepets cannot fend for themselves in the wild. Humans took that from animals when we decided to domesticate them. I know my cat most likely would not have survived the streets if did not get rescued from them.

When my cat was a kitten, a person witnessed a man throw him and his sister out the window of a moving vehicle. The witness reported the incident and, luckily, a police officer found and save the two kittens. They were barely a couple of months old and still needed their mother! There is no way they would have survived had it not been for human intervention.

Whether you have a fish or cat or anything else one might domesticate, it is never ok to throw your animal to the wild. It is cruel and can harm the individual animal and/ or its new environment.

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