A Delaware city is spending more than $300,000 to evict thousands of goldfish and restore the pond they took over.
Sean Duffy is director of the water division for Wilmington's Public Works Department. The News Journal quotes him as saying that when officials received a complaint from the pond's neighbors and checked on the goldfish population, they realized they were "heading toward a catastrophe."
Duffy says the city started draining the pond and removing fish and overgrown plants three weeks ago. He estimates they've relocated about 4,000 fish. He says officials don't know what caused the infestation, but the city will stock the pond with native fish to head off a population explosion if goldfish are ever introduced again.