More dead whitefish found downstream of LivingstonSource: Helena Independent Record
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More dead whitefish were found downstream of Livingston on the Yellowstone River Friday.
Two Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks boats, one floating each side of the river between Livingston and Springdale, collected 48 dead mountain whitefish, one moribund whitefish and one nearly dead longnose sucker. A fish close to death is critical for testing to determine the cause of mortality.
On Tuesday, along the same stretch of river, biologists used one boat and counted 52 dead whitefish.
Last summer a proliferative kidney disease outbreak on the upper Yellowstone River led to an emergency closure by FWP and the death of thousands of mountain whitefish, which are native to the river.
During daily monitoring floats this past week, FWP biologists have found less than 150 dead whitefish.