Saturday, January 03rd, 2009 | Author:

It’s good to know that, here in beautiful upstate New York, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is hard at work to enforce all the laws that protect our flora and fauna. Well, maybe not all the laws – but at least they’ve taken an aggressive stand to protect us all from the dreaded snakehead fish.

Never heard of it? Well, neither had I, but let me tell you: in the wild, this giant fish will kill and eat other fish. Hard to believe, huh? Native to Asia and Africa, it will even kill and eat amphibians, crustaceans, birds, small reptiles, and small mammals. AND … he can “walk” with his fins from one lake to another. That’s just not natural.

So it’s a good thing DEC found the snakehead out near Syracuse before he ate somebody’s little Buffy dog. Granted, this particular snakehead is living in a private aquarium, so he probably wouldn’t have found Buffy. And granted, he’s been living there since 1998, six years before snakehead were deemed illegal in New York. And of course, his owner is planning to fight this in court.

But I gotta tell ya … I’m going to sleep much better tonight knowing I won’t be attacked by a snakehead fish.

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4 Responses
  1. threecollie says:

    Snakeheads are a serious problem and I have to vote with the DEC on this one. I like bass, perch and trout and I love to fish and snakeheads are a real threat to our fisheries.

    http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/snakehead/overview.php

  2. Hercules Mulligan says:

    LOL! The way you wrote this post made me laugh out loud.

    But they could have picked a better time (say, SUMMER — that is, if snakeheads don’t ice-skate) for us to be concerned for our safety. I don’t think winter time in NY qualifies. The last thing we are going to be worried about is huge fish floundering in the snow trying to find Buffy dogs for lunch. Like I am doing right now, we will all just roll our eyes at the DEC (they probably think they have nothing better to do), and say, “Dudes, shovel snow.”

    Oh well.

  3. akaGaGa says:

    I like trout, too, 3C – especially a nice, fat brookie. And I understand that some irresponsible people have created problems by dumping snakeheads into our water system. But golly gee, this guy’s had the fish for 10 years. It’s in a 200 gallon (read: expensive!) tank, and he’s invested literally thousands of dollars in this fish. I don’t think he’s going to dump it in a river. These types of laws make me feel like I’m in grade school again: one kid screws up on the playground and everybody else has to go back inside.

    Herky, I’m trying to picture this big ugly fish ice-skating, and it’s boggling my mind! lol Anybody out your way good at making up videos? I’d love to see this one. :)

    And I suspect DEC IS bored this time of year. I know it happens here when the county guys don’t have any snow to plow. Every winter they come around and chop down some of the huge old maple trees in our area – almost turns me into a treehugger. :)

  4. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Ha! A snakehead ice-skating video? Oh boy, you have me laugh out loud at the thought! I don’t know anybody who can actually make movies like this, but it would be funny.

    Yeah, the whole idea of confiscating a pet does sound right down weird to me. They’re not going to dump him in a river, and snakefish can’t get out (alive, that is — is DEC scared of DEAD snakefish?).

    Sigh. “… a world of folly and vice …” Come, Lord Jesus.