Earlier this month you may remember reports (including our own) about a Colorado lake swarming with invasive, non-native goldfish.
The estimated 3,000 to 4,000 goldfish in Colorado's Teller Lake #5 made national headlines as an example of released domestic fish run amok. But it turns out the solution was simple: hungry pelicans.
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"Isn't it fantastic?" Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill told the Daily Camera. "It has totally happened naturally."
Colorado Parks and Wildlife field workers surveyed the lake this Tuesday with nets to get a sense of the mix of fish in the 12-acre lake. Their results were, well, pretty normal: 26 green sunfish, two largemouth bass, 10 painted turtles and 18 tiger salamanders.
"It appears that pelicans have made quick work of most of the goldfish, so we don't need to do anything," Churchill wrote in an email to the Daily Camera.
Earlier, wildlife officials had considered fairly drastic measures to rid the lake of its goldfish problem, from shocking fish in the lake to actually draining the whole body of water.
But even as they were conducting their survey, the field workers watched as pelicans swooped in from above and gobbled up whatever few goldfish remained in the lake.
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Churchill explained that the bright orange fish likely didn't stand much of a chance against the American white pelican (wingspan, 108 inches).
"I imagine they have good eyes and saw those fish from above," Churchill told the Daily Camera about the big birds. As she concluded, "All's well that ends well."
- via Daily Camera