Golden trout like this one have nowhere to go when a big blue heron swoops down for a meal. According to Virginia's News Leader, in places like Staunton, Va., the federally protected birds are an increasingly problematic pest to hatchery owners.
The birds treat hatcheries like "loosely guarded cookie jars," according to the article, and one witness saw 12 trout get eaten in less than 10 minutes. One hatchery owner estimates the birds cause him up to $20,000 in damage every year. It's illegal to shoot them unless they're attacking a person, but you can obtain a special permit to kill them if they're causing enough damage. – Rick Bach