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Piranha caught in North Carolina lake likely dumped there after outgrowing tank

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Photo: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
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Fish biologists have no concern that the species will establish itself in the lake, because piranha are warm water fish native to South America and would not survive the winter in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission shared on its social media pages a picture of a piranha that was caught in a lake west of Fayetteville but said it’s not a major cause for concern.

The piranha was reportedly caught in Aberdeen Lake in Moore County, and wildlife officials said the fish was likely kept as a pet, outgrew its tank, and was tossed into the lake by its owners.

Fish biologists have no concern that the species will establish itself in the lake, because piranha are warm water fish native to South America and would not survive the winter in North Carolina.

However, they said it is illegal to release piranha in the state's public or private waters.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.