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San Bernardino NWR Assists Arizona Game and Fish Department with Rucker Creek Survey
Southwest Region, April 23, 2009
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Jason Kline (electro-shocker), Suzanne Ehret, and Lisa Tresvik search for Mexican stonerollers.  Photo by Chris Lohrengel, 4/23/2009, Rucker Creek, Coronado National Forest, Cochise County, AZ.
Jason Kline (electro-shocker), Suzanne Ehret, and Lisa Tresvik search for Mexican stonerollers. Photo by Chris Lohrengel, 4/23/2009, Rucker Creek, Coronado National Forest, Cochise County, AZ. - Photo Credit: n/a
Jason Kline of AZGFD releasing Mexican stonerollers.  Photo by Chris Lohrnegel, 4/23/2009, Rucker Creek, Coronado National Forest, Cochise County, AZ.
Jason Kline of AZGFD releasing Mexican stonerollers. Photo by Chris Lohrnegel, 4/23/2009, Rucker Creek, Coronado National Forest, Cochise County, AZ. - Photo Credit: n/a
A Mexican stoneroller just after release.  Photo by Chris Lohrengel, 4/23/2009, Rucker Creek, Coronado National Forest, Cochise County, AZ
A Mexican stoneroller just after release. Photo by Chris Lohrengel, 4/23/2009, Rucker Creek, Coronado National Forest, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a

On Thursday, April 23, refuge staff assisted Jason Kline, Suzanne Ehret, and Lisa Tresvik of the Arizona Game and Fish Department with their annual spring survey of Rucker Creek in the Chiricahua Mountains.  The survey is set up to look for Mexican stonerollers (which are found in only three streams in the United States), and longfin dace, and to remove non-native sport fish from the creek.  Both the Mexican stoneroller and the longfin dace are native to Arizona.  The survey was conducted on four reaches of the creek.  The first reach was above Rucker Dam and went upstream for approximately two miles.  The lower reach ran from approximately one mile below the Cypress Campground to just upstream from the campground.  The third reach was from above Cypress Campground to the dam and the fourth reach was below the turn off for the Rucker Campgrounds.  The majority of fish captured were in the second reach and all rainbow trout captured were captured below the dam.  In total, 446 Mexican stonerollers were captured, along with 405 longfin dace and 874 rainbow trout.  All rainbow trout captured were removed from the creek. Of the captured Mexican stonerollers captured, 100 were moved above the uppermost campground in Rucker Creek to areas where no fish were captured, along with 100 longfin dace.


Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov



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