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San Bernardino NWR and the Arizona Game and Fish Department Move Endangered Native Fish to Private Lands
Southwest Region, October 22, 2009
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San Bernardino NWR Complex staff have moved over 3,000 Yaqui topminnow to local ranches upstream from Leslie Canyon NWR this summer.  This fall, with assistance from Arizona Game and Fish Department Fish Biologist Suzanne Ehret, the refuge started relocating Yaqui chub to one of these ranches as well.  Approximately 300 chub were moved to the Bar Boot Ranch in Cochise County.  The fish all came from San Bernardino NWR impoundments.  Since fish populations on the refuge are known to carry the exotic Asian tapeworm and it is believed the impoundments on the ranch are clean of the parasite, the fish were held at refuge headquarters for forty-eight hours and treated for tapeworm.  The ability to place these rare and endangered fish into new habitats is a big step in the recovery efforts for these species.  The partnerships of area landowners are crucial in projects like this and help make this recovery effort possible.  There are plans to continue to move these listed fish to this ranch and others in county.

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



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