Kill it immediately!!!


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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (KMPH) -- An invasive fish that can breathe air and live on land has been found in a pond in Georgia.
The northern snakehead fish is a long, thin fish, similar in appearance to the native bowfin, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says.
The fish breathe air, allowing them to survive on land and have small teeth, the department says, adding the northern snakehead is native to the Yangtze River basin in China. The snakeheads have been reported in 14 states in the United States, including California.
If you find a northern snakehead fish, authorities say you should do the following:

  1. DO NOT RELEASE IT.
  2. Kill it immediately and freeze it. They can survive on land.
  3. If possible, take pictures of the fish. Include close ups of its mouth, fins and tail.
  4. Note where it was caught like the waterbody, landmarks or GPS coordinates.
  5. Immediately report it to your regional Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Office.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says there has been one confirmed report of the northern snakehead fish in 1997 collected from Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino.
If this species is found in California, CDFW says do not release it. Preserve (freeze) the specimen and immediately contact the CDFW Invasive Species Program, or email us at Invasives@wildlife.ca.gov, or (866) 440-9530.
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