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State seizes Harpswell woman's exotic fish in legal battle that went to Maine's highest court

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HARPSWELL, Maine — A Harpswell woman who went all the way to Maine's highest court in an effort to keep her exotic fish has had them seized by the state.

Georgette Curran says a warden and biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on Monday seized more than 50 koi as well as her pet squirrel and blue jay.

The Supreme Judicial Court last month backed a lower court ruling and said wildlife officials were correct in denying Curran a permit to keep koi. Maine considers the fish native to Japan an invasive species.

Curran argued that the fish were therapeutic and posed no harm.

She told the Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/1gURmYq ) she cried when they were taken.

A wildlife spokesman says biologists confiscated 47 live koi and five frozen dead koi.


Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/

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