Monday, January 23, 2006

Pall Rudd

According to this press release published by, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is none too happy that the European rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus) has been found in Lake Wilcox (.pdf). The rudd, typically used as a bait fish, has been seen in the wild around the Great Lakes region since the 1990s. However, it is illegal to use as bait in Canada (and so they're blaming it on the Americans, hmph). This is the first recorded sighting of the species in an inland body of water in Ontario.

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