First it was armored catfish and now comes word of another, toothier catch. When it comes to invasive fish species, is Texas the new Florida? Maybe so, after a five-year-old girl landed a piranha on her very first fishing trip…


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Texas is reminding folks that keeping piranhas as pets is a no-no. The warning this week comes after a 5-year-old girl on her first fishing expedition hooked a red-bellied piranha at a lake near Houston. Lindsay Schutte used a hot dog to lure her unique prize. “When I took the hook out of the mouth and saw it had pretty big teeth I was concerned, but I’m in Texas so I don’t know, there could be fish like that,” Christi Schutte, Lindsay’s mom and a recent transplant from California, told NBC affiliate KPRC-TV. But when the fish bit Lindsay’s brother, the family decided to notify the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which killed the fish and then froze it for further study.

“An actual piranha is a VERY rare occurrence in the wild ˜ only 2 documented specimens in 30 years ˜ and possessing and releasing live piranhas and dozens of other exotic, harmful or potentially harmful fish species is prohibited by Texas law,” the department said in a statement on Monday. The department emphasized that the Tom Bass Park lake “remains a great place to go fishing and is completely safe to go fishing there.” “We strongly believe that this is an isolated catch,” said the department’s Dave Terre.

That’s interesting and all, but here’s my question: Is there anything a piece of hot dog won’t catch?