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Giant Goldfish Trolling Lake Tahoe

By Laila Kearney

VALLEJO, California – Giant goldfish have mysteriously found their way into the famously crystalline waters of Lake Tahoe, the nation’s second-deepest lake, alarming researchers and raising questions about the invasive species’ long-term effects.

Goldfish weighing as much as 4 pounds and measuring up to a 1½ feet in length have recently been caught in Tahoe, which straddles the California-Nevada border. Scientists say the influx threatens native species while posing a potential waste pollution problem.

“These fish are competing with the native fish, and that’s a big part of the problem,” said Heather Segale, spokeswoman for the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at the University of California at Davis.