- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - An angler in Northern California wasn’t expecting the fish he reeled in at a duck pond to have human-like teeth.

The Press Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1TOMON2) that Juan Gallo caught a pacu fish at the Lucchesi Park pond in Petaluma this weekend. He says the fish’s large teeth cut the line as he lifted it out of the water.

The Amazonian freshwater fish, a relative of the piranha, is sold at pet shops in the United States but is illegal in California.

Last summer, a fisherman caught a pacu in Rohnert Park.

Gallo says he plans to try to turn his catch over to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. If wildlife officials don’t want it, Gallo says he may have it stuffed and keep it.


Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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