The Mom is so angry - some STUPID and UNTHINKING person(s) have put goldfish into MY lake. These are quite large 6"- 8" long and and we assume someone cleared out their own pond or something as we saw at least 60 of them in 3 different places. Mom contacted the park director and sent him the photos - but of coarse we haven't heard anything back. Mom has also contacted the parks and fisheries department but she fears it is probably too late for them do anything now.
Now for those that don't know - goldfish are in the carp family and will quickly revert back to their wild carp form in a lake or river. Here is some information we found about them.
Carp competes with native fish for spawning habitat and food. They predate on other species fish eggs, fingerlings and other small fish.
It is also completely irresponsible, illegal, and potentially catastrophic to the ecosystem. The fish readily breed, can survive all temperatures and then out-compete native species. Please never put tropical or cold water aquarium fish into lakes of rivers.