Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The deal with the duck pond's dead fish

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

After tests conducted by FWP, it's been concluded that the 50 100 or so dead fish that filled the duck pond on the city's south side were domestic goldfish.

A pretty big, very dead domestic goldfish
  • A pretty big, very dead domestic goldfish
A cause of death hasn't been determined.

We first reported on the gross scene last week after hearing a report from a concerned neighbor. Morgan Valliant, the city's conservation lands manager, said officials didn't know what caused the kill, nor what kind of fish they were.

Valliant says the FWP's tests confirm the fish are goldfish — albeit really big ones. "They grow to the size of their tank," he explains. There are two theories on what killed them: Either a population of the fish lived there for a long time and died due to the harsh winter weather, or someone dumped mature goldfish into the pond and they didn't survive. Either way, goldfish aren't an invasive species, so there's no cause for alarm.

"The main thing to learn is that if it had been invasive, we would have had a large environmental issue to deal with," Valliant says.

Residents wondering whether they'll see actual ducks rather than dead fish at the pond can rest easy, as well. Valliant says wildlife have taken care of most of the fish and the pond is mostly clear.

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