Recently discovered goldfish living in a storm drain in Williston has Vermont Fish and Wildlife experts concerned.
The fish were found swimming around by road crews cleaning out the drain, and officials say they were likely dumped their by someone looking to get rid of them.
Unlike most tropical fish you would find at the pet store, goldfish are a hardy species and can establish themselves despite the cold temperatures.
Fish and Wildlife officials say the foreign species can disrupt the ecosystem, causing competition for habitats and food resources, as well as disturb water quality and disturb vegetation.
“If you have an aquarium fish and you need to get rid of it, there are other options than releasing it out into the wild. Many cases the fish would actually die in other cases it may impact native fish species, may impact native communities that we want to protect,“ said Bernie Pientka with Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.
If you do have a fish that you can no longer care for, reach out to your local pet shop, they may be able to take it from you, or help you find someone that would be willing to adopt it.