Shark Found in Yuma Canal. WTF?

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking the public's help in finding the person responsible for putting a shark in a Yuma canal.

As you probably know, no shark species are native to Arizona, so when one's found in a freshwater irrigation canal it tends to raise a few eyebrows.

The shark was found dead in the West Main Canal near 1st Street and 14th Avenue in Yuma on Saturday. Authorities believe the shark was placed in the canal by someone who caught it in either San Diego or Mexico.

The shark is about 32 inches long, but Game and Fish officials aren't sure what brand of shark they're dealin' with -- they say it's similar to a lemon shark.

It's unclear to authorities whether the shark was alive when it was placed in the canal. Some sharks are able to survive in both fresh and saltwater, the GFD says, so tossin' one in a canal can be big SNAFU when it comes to public safety.

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Just when you thought it was safe to go swimming in a Yuma canal...

All sharks, both freshwater and saltwater, are restricted wildlife in Arizona, which means anyone found with one is breaking the law.

We have a feeling that someone who was apparently keeping a shark as a pet didn't tell their friends about it. So, if you have any information (or a friend who used to have a pet shark) please call the Operation Game Thief hotline toll-free at (800) 352-0700. Cash rewards may be offered for information leading to an arrest.

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Licensing, allowing and supporting illegal strip mall poker rooms which also violate tribal gaming compacts, state law and city code are also against the law but the majority of cities in Maricopa County practice this art... Don't want to hear what or how citizens violate any laws or city codes when city elected officials and law enforcement not only violate these laws but some actually play inside these illegally operating gambling establishments...

Illegal is illegal and that needs to apply especially to our elected officials and law enforcement... But at the present time... It does not. Some of the owners, operators and card dealers in these illegal strip mall poker rooms are fraud committing, manipulative con artists but the cities support them.

Don't tell me what the citizens should abide by when the elected officials and law enforcement, who took oaths to protect and serve provide assistance to these illegal businesses. That's just hypocritical and discriminatory of your government and proves no integrity to the citizens of the state.

J Curwen
J Curwen

The AZ government bans all kinds of fish that can't survive in our climate. They go way overboard.

As far as this one goes, everybody panic!!! What a bunch of pussies.


what makes them think someone put it there?

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