Photo: Chad Ray

MOORE COUNTY — The NC Wildlife Resources Commission is confirming a piranha was caught in Aberdeen Lake in Moore County!

The fish was caught by Chad Ray and the Commission says it was likely a pet that outgrew its tank and was tossed into the lake by its owners.

Biologists say they have no concern the species will establish itself in the lake.  Piranha are warm water fish and will not survive the winter in North Carolina.

As a reminder:  NC Administrative Code states it is unlawful to transport, purchase, possess, sell, or stock piranha in the state’s public or private waters.