Monday, April 07, 2008

Stoner Crock

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a man has been charged with illegally importing grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) into Texas from Arkansas. Texas allows sterile grass carp, but only with a permit.

The oddest part of this story may be the reasoning behind it: it seems that William Stoner, the man charged with the crime, was using the carp to clear up ponds at the golf course where he makes a living diving for golf balls. Fish and game officials in both Texas and Arkansas broke the case late last year, and since then the grass carp have been disposed of with chemical treatments and replaced with less voracious (and legal) koi.


AJB said...

Isn't that remarkably similar to the post from February 11? :)

Jennifer Forman Orth said...

Oh man, I've definitely been working too hard lately.

I knew the story sounded familiar but totally didn't remember writing that older post. Given that, it is remarkable how similar the two are :-).