An upstate New York organization that protects and restores water is urging people not to flush goldfish into the environment, especially after a 14-inch goldfish was caught in the Niagara River, WBKW reported.
The Facebook post notes the fish was caught downstream from the wastewater treatment plant.
According to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, there are more than "tens of millions" of goldfish living in the Great Lakes.
" If you cannot keep your pet, please return it to the store instead of flushing or releasing it," officials with the organization said on its Facebook page.
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