Piranha reportedly loose in a Louisiana State University lake

Piranha reportedly loose in a Louisiana State University lake


Someone apparently set a red piranha loose in a Louisiana State University lake – and wildlife officials are wondering if more of the sharp-toothed fish are lurking under the surface.

A piranha caught last week in University Lakes was probably somebody’s idea of a pet, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said.

The fish, a B-horror movie staple, is native to South America and illegal in Louisiana.

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“While their reputation in popular culture labels them as a vicious predator, piranhas are more likely to scavenge for dead or dying prey, including fish or crustaceans,” the release stated.

Still, the department advised caution if anyone encounters a red piranha.

“If you have information, or if you think you caught a piranha, please do not return it to the water,” the release said.

A view of the lake and Memorial Tower on the campus of the Louisiana State University where the piranha was found.Collegiate Images via Getty Images

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