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San Bernardino NWR and Arizona Game and Fish Department Partner to Rescue Native Fish
Southwest Region, November 17, 2009
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El Coronado Ranch, in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains, is especially feeling the effects of the drought this year.  During annual HCP monitoring of Federally-listed native fish this past October, it was noted that a salvage effort was going to have to been done in the spring of next year, due to a lack of summer rains refilling the impoundments on the ranch.   That was wishful thinking by all involved.  Three weeks after everyone left the ranch, AZGFD and San Bernardino NWR received calls saying that the tanks we drying and could we rescue fish.  The refuge and folks from AZGFD coordinated and on November 17 and 18 a member of the refuge staff and three AZGFD employees set traps at five of the tanks on the ranch.  Close to three thousand Yaqui chub were captured during the effort.  These fish were relocated to the Bar Boot Ranch, owned by the same owners of El Coronado Ranch.  The Bar Boot has been the recipient of Yaqui chub and Yaqui topminnow this summer through a Safe Harbor Agreement put into effect at the end of 2008, so it was the logical choice to move the fish from the El Coronado Ranch.

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



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