Apex predator river monster that's strangled US waterways is spreading

By Ian Banks | May 14, 2024

A sizable following

An aquatic behemoth weighing up to 120 pounds and devouring anything in its vicinity is asserting its dominance over water bodies in the United States and has now breached the Canadian border.
 

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Flathead catfish have amassed a sizable following of enthusiasts known as 'noodlers,' who engage in the daring pursuit of grappling with these colossal creatures using only their hands.
 

Raising concerns

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However, conservationists are raising concerns about the unchecked expansion of flathead catfish across the nation, as they steadily advance beyond their native habitat in the Gulf of Mexico basin.