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40 koi fish seized from Harpswell home

HARPSWELL (WGME) -- Officials seize close to 40 koi fish from a home in Harpswell. Wardens say they were there illegally.

The homeowner who says it's a terrible situation.     

A nightmare, it was a nightmare that no one should have to go through over a fish, said owner Georgette Curren.

Curran is still upset two days after a group of wardens took over 40 of her koi fish.

Wardens were acting on a warrant, saying the fish are not allowed.

The state of Maine classifies koi as common carp an invasive species, illegal in Maine. Curran says the state has misclassified the fish.

They say that koi is a variety of common carp, said Curren. Thatd be like saying a poodle is a variety of wolf, makes no sense.

The fish aren't the only ones missing from her Harpswell home. Wardens also took her six year-old squirrel and 14-year-old bluejay
 
Mark Latti, spokesman for the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says wardens are sticking with their decision to remove the animals.
 
Curran is now collecting a list of signatures to get koi added to the list of unrestricted trade fish allowed in the Maine.

She hopes this will bring her koi back to their home

The State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the koi are being monitored in a safe location.