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October 24, 2014, 9:40 am
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Exotic Fish Found in Litchfield's Lake

The pacu fish. Photo taken from
The pacu fish. Photo taken from

There’s more than just bluegill in a popular lake south of Springfield, there is also exotic fish with teeth.


KSDK out of St. Louis reports several exotic fish were found in Litchfield’s Lake Lou Yeager.


Lake Superintendent Jim Cadwell had the Illinois Department of Natural Resources determine the fish is a pacu which is a cousin to the piranha.


Officials are not sure how the fish got into the lake but suggest that the fish, which is native in the Amazon Basin, may have been dumped in Lake Lou an act which is illegal in Illinois.


Wildlife experts say that the pacu, which has teeth, eats snails, nuts and other vegetation. There have not been any reports of the fish biting swimmers.

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