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First Captive Bred Beautiful Shiner are Released into Leslie Canyon Watershed
Southwest Region, September 2, 2010
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Yaqui Beautiful Shiner.  Photo by William R. Radke, 5/18/2010, San Bernardino NWR, Cochise County, AZ
Yaqui Beautiful Shiner. Photo by William R. Radke, 5/18/2010, San Bernardino NWR, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a
Upper Chalk Tank on the Bar Boot Ranch.  Photo by Chris Lohrengel, 6/3/2010, Bar Boot Ranch, Cochise County, AZ
Upper Chalk Tank on the Bar Boot Ranch. Photo by Chris Lohrengel, 6/3/2010, Bar Boot Ranch, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a

In early September, Refuge staff released the Federally-listed beautiful shiner into habitat upstream from Leslie Canyon NWR on private lands.  These are the first shiner that have been released under a Safe Harbor Agreement that went into effect in 2008.  What makes this extra special for Refuge Staff is that about half of the shiner released, were captive bred at the Refuge Headquarters.  The Refuge started the captive breeding program last year with moderate success.  Last year’s fish were provided to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum to be used in their native fish exhibit.  Of this year’s captive bred fish, most were released, with a few held at the Refuge Headquarters to continue the breeding program


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



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