An alien fish, originally believed to be a piranha, was caught by a fisherman in Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield on June 7.
Although the fish possesses dangerous-looking teeth and closely resembles the ravenous piranha, it was later identified to be a pacu.
Like piranhas, pacus are native to the Amazon River basin in South America. However, their teeth are shaped more like human teeth rather than the pointy teeth of piranhas. Pacus can weigh up to 55 lbs. and largely prey on nuts from trees, snails and aquatic vegetation. They are considered harmless to humans.
The authorities suspect the captured fish found in Lake Lou Yaeger had been someone's aquarium pet before being illegally dumped into the lake.
The find has gained statewide and nationwide attention, appearing on NewsChannel 5 and in an article on www.grindtv.com, which was featured on Yahoo's homepage.