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Harpswell Woman's Bid to Keep Exotic Fish Denied
02/06/2014 10:50 AM ET  

The Supreme Judicial Court this week backed a lower court ruling and said state wildlife officials were correct in denying Georgette Curran a permit to keep koi.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's highest court has ruled that a Harpswell woman doesn't have the right to keep exotic fish at her home.

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

The 66-year-old Curran had a permit that expired in April 2012, then got a restricted permit in July 2012 while her legal challenge was pending.

The court did not specify what Curran is supposed to do with her fish, or give her a deadline for getting rid of them, but she vowed to keep them.

She tells the Kennebec Journal  she will seek a permit for the koi, which she says are therapeutic.



 

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