State kills illegal goldfish in outdoor pond

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BROWNVILLE, Maine (AP) — A woman who brought goldfish into Maine and then kept them in an outdoor pond says she didn’t know she was violating the law.

On Monday, technicians from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife used chemicals to kill most of the fish in a lined pond in Brownville.

Biologists say nonnative fish threaten Maine’s watersheds.

The state’s Nels Kramer tells the Bangor Daily News there has been an epidemic of illegal fish introductions in the state, including bass, pike and koi, which is a variety of carp.

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In the Brownville pond, a few of the goldfish were caught before the chemicals were applied so owners Cheri and Paul Szidat could keep them in an inside tank at their Wildwood Trailside Cabins and Lodge.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangornews.com

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