While keeping goldfish alive in a bowl can occasionally be a tough task, a lake in Colorado is faced with a very different problem. Colorado parks and Wildlife have sent out a press release that Teller Lake in Boulder, Colorado is dangerously over populated with goldfish.
The goldfish in the 12-acre Teller Lake have multiplied into the thousands, number as high as 4,000 stemming from what officials believe to be only 4 or 5 of the abandoned pets just three years ago. The invasive goldfish species are threatening the natural ecosystem of the lake, devouring all the food and eventually the oxygen in the lakes waters, leaving little for the other native fish present.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife have stated that the fish need to be removed to protect the integrity of the lake, stating there are two options. Option one is to drain the lake completely while the second option is electro fishing, in which the fish are stunned by an electrical current placed in the water then removed from the lake while paralyzed.
Several families in the area have expressed interest in giving the goldfish a second chance as pets after they are removed from the lake, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife have given families a firm no on the subject. They fear that some of these pet goldfish will only return into the lake's waters again at a later date. Unfortunately, that only leaves one particularly grim option for the goldfish that measure as large as four inches in length - death. As it stands now, the goldfish will be repurposed into food for the local Raptor Rehabilitation Program that helps injured birds of prey get back to the open skies. It is a sad end for the goldfish, but at least they will not have a pointless death.