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New York fears eel effects from release of exotic species into Prospect Park lake

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The man who freed two bags of eels at a Brooklyn park probably meant well but the effects on the ecosystem are unpredictable New York state and city wildlife officials say it is too soon to know what effect a dump of exotic eels into a lake in a park in Brooklyn last month will have on local species – but it could become a major problem. “People like animals and they sometimes think they’re doing a good thing by letting them go,” said Jason Munshi-South, an urban ecologist at Fordham University. “Most will die. Some will become a problem, and then there’s no going back.”
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