NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Passersby spotted a man in what appeared to be a cook’s uniform dumping two trash bags filled with live eels into Prospect Park Lake on Sunday night, according to a report.
Parkgoers told the Brooklyn Paper the man dragged the bags through the park to the side of the lake around 7:30 p.m.
After one of the bags split open, the man started dumping the eels into the lake, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens resident Andrew Orkin told the paper. In a video posted to Twitter, fisherman Dominick Pabon can be heard confronting the man as he deposits the eels into the lake.
“I bought it from the store,” the man with the eels says. “I save their life.”
“That’s not legal,” Pabon, who filmed the confrontation, responds. “You’re killing other life in here. Eels are not supposed to be here.”
Pabon told the paper the man had “at least 100 eels” with him. The creatures appeared to be saltwater eels, as they were “trying to swim back out of the lake,” he said.
Prospect Park Alliance spokesperson Deborah Kirschner told the outlet releasing any sort of animal into the park is “a hazard both to those animals, and the plants and wildlife that call the park home.”
Doing so can “disrupt these naturally occurring systems, introducing disease and other pathogens which can be harmful,” she added.