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Football-sized goldfish found in Burnsville lake, prompting plea not to dump pets


City of Burnsville

Unwanted goldfish grow large and increase algae in lakes while competing with native species for food.

The discovery of foot­ball-sized goldfish in a Burnsville lake has officials pleading with pet own­ers to stop dump­ing their un­want­ed fish into local water­ways.

Burnsville officials found 10 fish, some a foot long, in Keller Lake earlier this month while surveying the fish population as part of a water quality project. On Monday, a second trip yielded 18 more fish, some 18 inches long and estimated to weigh about 4 pounds.

"Most of them were definitely bigger than you'd find in your typical aquarium," said Daryl Jacobson, the city's natural resources manager.


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