Colorado

Sep 14, 2010 8:45 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

DOW worried about fish introduced at 2 reservoirs

The state Division of Wildlife says it is trying to figure out how to manage an influx of nonnative fish species that have been illegally introduced in two western Colorado reservoirs.

DOW spokesman Randy Hampton says Rifle Gap in western Colorado had four species of fish in 1974 and now has 10 and most of those were introduced into the reservoir illegally. Hampton says one of the species illegally introduced is the popular northern pike and state wildlife officials fear it could dominate the fishery at the Harvey Gap reservoir if it is not managed.

Hampton says the Division of Wildlife is taking public comments on the issue until Oct. 1.

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