The piranha that have been found in the US have been found in places such as the Potomac, Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, and Lake St Clair in Michigan, and Tom Bass Park Lake near Houston, Texas. Most were caught accidentally during fishing expeditions in the summer. Scientists have agreed that in all of those locations, the piranha would not have been able to survive the cold winter temperatures.
Thanks for the heads up on this. My question - if they can't survive in the cold waters why were they found alive. Have they done a study of that exact temperature, the age of the fish found, knowleve of how long it had been there - with their ability to survive or are they just trying to downplay it. My guess - they will adapt.
Oh so they would blame the person who keeps them as pets first, though they shouldn't survive the winters...I think its black ops that put them there and its a plan of Agenda 21.
DNR staff assumed his catch came from an aquarium in someone's home and was tossed into the lake, which is illegal.
"They can't survive in Michigan on a year-round basis," said Todd Grischke, a biologist with the DNR Fisheries Division. "One piranha in a lake is not a threat to the public, but we encourage people not to do it."
Grischke said Michigan law forbids stocking a lake without a permit, though Lynne Thoma, another DNR staffer, said there are periodic reports of a piranha getting caught.
"Usually they get too big for their tank," Thoma said. "It's illegal to put them into Michigan waters, but how do you get people to stop?"