City cancels piranha bounty as other fish slaughtered
Red-bellied piranha swim at the London Zoo in March 2010.
July 13th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

City cancels piranha bounty as other fish slaughtered

A Chinese city has canceled a $157 bounty on piranha after people killed too many other fish in a four-day hunt, Chinese state media reported Friday.

Government officials in the southern city of Liuzhou had offered a 1,000-yuan ($157) reward for every piranha caught after at least three of the sharp-toothed fish attacked two swimmers in the Liujiang River over the weekend, biting off parts of one person's finger, state-run agency Xinhua reported.

But no one caught any piranha in the four-day river hunt, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper.

And too many local fish breeds were being killed, including in nets, prompting concern about the river's ecological balance, the head of the local fishery bureau told China Daily.

Although the bounty has been canceled, residents are still encouraged to try to catch piranha with a hook and line but not nets, Liuzhou fishery chief Wei Yongwen told China Daily.

Piranha are native to South America, and fishery officials said they might have been imported to the Liuzhou area from the Amazon region, Xinhua reported.

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  1. Obama Mama

    How about we catch the knock out fish in the Mississippi River and send them the "jump in boat" fish back. I call them that because they will knock you out when them jump in your boat.

    July 13, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeeper

      Those are called "Asian Carp", and are overtaking indigenous fish that live in lakes and rivers in the u.s.

      July 13, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...still under the influence, eh?

      July 13, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Rascal what are you rambling on about?Huh?

      July 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ladeebugg

      @Obama Mama..Do you mean "Asian Carp"? They are a destructive species.

      July 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ugh!

    I cringe to imagine the introduction of another South American fish, the electric eel. I witnessed two cows wading in flooded Amazonia waters die from electrocution, and have heard many accounts of humans suffering similar fates.

    July 13, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. THX1953

    They used the wrong bait.

    Should have used Fingers.

    July 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. S.Rhombeus

    We are the only invasive species of true concern.

    July 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Oh God, you are another human blamer type. Is there a school or community that keeps generating your type?

      July 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Human Being

      Truer words have never been spoken.

      July 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Why are we invasive? Were we genetically engineered by space aliens? Just wondering....

      July 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • GodfatherofSoul

      Thanks for the insight, Agent Smith.

      July 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Environmentalists should off themselves to help reduce the invasive human population.

      July 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TiredOfPaying

    New China Business Plan: export Piranha to China and collect $157 bounty.

    July 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WhoDatFan

    Bounty...The Chinese Government should have called Greg Williams & Sean Payton for an effective bounty program

    July 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FishFood

    I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet.

    July 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      Well, the obvious answer is to off yourself, PLEASE???

      July 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Mann

      It is what it is.Just be glad you are not an animal.

      July 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nogimus Prime

      Okay there, agent Smith. Just don't make me fight 100 of you for 1 hour or so. It was hell trying to stay awake watching that scene!

      July 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doonef

      Why do you talk from a alien's point of view? Get your butt down from the sky and I'll personally make you into fish food.

      July 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Thanks Mr. Agent. Very original.

      July 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doonef

      And if I can't handle you, I will call the Men in Black...

      July 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herman

      "Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet."

      Now, waidaminit, Susan Sontag said it was just the white race. I wish we could straighten this up.

      July 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. OMG

    LOL. Bran = yuck!!!!

    July 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nogimus Prime

    So you're saying the US Cavalry was invasive, but not Native Americans? Native Americans migrated to North America at some point since the origin of humans comes from Mesopotamia originally. And moms and pops stores are just as invasive to the ecology as "corporate America." And our species wouldn't have to conquer Mars for it's diamonds and gold (which you can be sure there is some since Mars is a giant rock like earth) because there's no one to conquer there. At least, not yet!....

    July 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    This hunt went on for 4 days and not one was caught?
    Did they not look for the fish with the sharp pointy teeth??

    Heh heh heh...

    July 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • peter

      They have teeth like Chinks

      July 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tez07

    too bad the event was not covered with 3D would have been a blockbuster in the U.S. film

    July 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Halle

      You mean 3DD cameras...

      July 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      I think he meant double D cameras.

      July 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. manyote

    And as smart as the Chinese are claimed to be, they never thought of slaughtering a small pig or sickly cow and throw it in the river to attrack them? Guess that dispells that myth.

    July 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike k.

      Don't be ridiculous. It's Chinese-Americans that are smart. Chinese Chinese are just regular.


      July 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TheOriginalMe

    Human stupidity, is just typical. The piranhas are in their natural environment, but since they're an incovenience for humans wanting to swim in that river, their solution is "let's kill them all". Humans are unable to respect other live beings, obvious reason of why we're almost done destroying the planet.

    July 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Ruth

      Piranhas are native of the Amazon NOT CHINA, some one put them there, and threfore have no predators to keep them in check.

      July 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheOriginalMe

      Dr. Ruth, yes you are right, Piranhas are native of Amazon, but how they got to a chinese river? ... of course human stupidity strikes again!

      July 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Somewhat

      While piranha do belong in water they do not belong in that water in that river in China. They are from and native to South America. I would be against a bounty on piranha to rid them from the Amazon river where they belong.

      July 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

      Agreed, human stupidity. Even when proven wrong they trying to claim victory. LOL... and not with you.

      July 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rog

      Natural? They are a non-native species, TheOriginalMe is actually the stupid one.

      July 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdrel

      They aren't in their natural environment. Note that the article says the hunt occurred in China. Piranhas are native to South American, and are an imported invasive species in China. Their presence in Chinese rivers could well be doing irreperable harm to the local ecosystem.

      July 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ffff

      well in all fariness China is not their natural habitat.

      July 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cantstopthelonghorns

      I'll agree, it is pretty stupid to put the unchecked predator in the water in the first place. But I do fail to see how it is stupid to attempt to remove them. I'm guessing you may be one of the "everything is stupid" variety.

      *grabs popcorn*

      July 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • drowlord

      Human stupidity is amazing, isn't it. Would be nice if people learned to read. These fish AREN'T native to these waters. They're an invasive species that someone brought there from the Amazon.

      July 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted Ruxpin

      Pirahnas are not part of the natural environment in China. Read the article much?

      July 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TheOriginalMe

    Dr. Ruth, yes you are right, Piranhas are native of Amazon, but how they got to a chinese river? ... human stupidity strikes again!

    July 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO © rolling eyes

    Didn't they learn anything from Mao's great sparrow hunt? Read up on it, it sounded like great fun. Factories were closed, farmers were ordered to leave their fields, all to find and kill as many sparrows as possible.

    July 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
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