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Snakehead Fish Discovered In Georgia, Sparks Warning From Officials: ‘Kill It Immediately’

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Snakehead Fish Discovered In Georgia, Sparks Warning From Officials: ‘Kill It Immediately’

Snakehead Fish Discovered In Georgia, Sparks Warning From Officials: ‘Kill It Immediately’

This month, an invasive northern snakehead fish was found in a pond in Georgia. Now, this isn’t just any fish. The creature can grow up to 3 feet long and can breathe air and survive on land. They can compete for food and habitat with native species, putting original populations at risk. In addition to that, destroy the environment, wreck your health and even damage the economy, according to USA Today.

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The state’s department of natural resources is now encouraging the public to immediately kill them if they spot one. Another option they suggested is freezing the fish or take a photograph of the fish, note the location where it was found and report it to a regional fishery office.

“Our first line of defense in the fight against aquatic invasive species, such as the northern snakehead, are our anglers.” Matt Thomas, chief of fisheries for the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division. “Thanks to the quick report by an angler, our staff was able to investigate and confirm the presence of this species in this water body. We are now taking steps to determine if they have spread from this water body and, hopefully, keep it from spreading to other Georgia waters,” Thomas said.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division confirmed someone found a northern snakehead in a pond on private property in Gwinnett County, marking the first time the invasive fish has been found in the state, according to the DNR. Snakeheads have been reported in 14 other states nationwide.

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