Piranhas found at Lake of Ozarks

Piranhas found at Lake of Ozarks

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The Missouri Department of Conservation confirms two piranhas were found at different locations in the lake over the past two weeks. The Missouri Department of Conservation confirms two piranhas were found at different locations in the lake over the past two weeks.
(KRCG) Flesh eating fish have been found in the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri Department of Conservation confirms two piranhas were found at different locations in the lake over the past two weeks.

One was found near the five-mile marker; the other was caught near the Niangua Bridge.

Conservation officials say the meat-eating South American fish are being discarded after they outgrow aquariums; both piranhas were about eight inches long.

The owner of Carousel Pets in Jefferson City says piranha owners should be cautious.   

Don’t worry, there's no fear of a piranha invasion at the lake.

The fish cannot survive winter temperatures; they also cannot breed with other species.

UPDATE: This story was originally published in 2007 and is making news again this week. It's unknown if piranhas have surfaced again in the Lake of the Ozarks.

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