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San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge Salvages Fish from the Historic Slaughter Ranch
Southwest Region, September 15, 2008
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Over the month of September Refuge Staff salvaged fish, Yaqui chub and Yaqui topminnow, from the historic Slaughter Ranch.  The ranch has a large pond that will overflow during the monsoon rains which can lead to fish being displaced from the pond.  Over several days Refuge Staff trapped, netted and electro-fished this overflow area to recover these displaced fish.  The majority of these fish were placed back into the ranch pond, while some of the Yaqui topminnow were stocked into a new pond on the refuge.  The Refuge is in part of the Rio Yaqui Drainage and was once home to 25% (8 species) of Arizona‚Äôs native fish, but with loss of habitat now provides habitat to five species of native fish.  While not a yearly occurrence, Refuge Staff regularly have to salvage fish from areas such as overflows or from ponds that are on the verge of going dry due to drought.

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