More dead whitefish found downstream of Livingston

More dead whitefish found downstream of Livingston

Source: 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.

“Though we still don’t know if the cause of death is disease related, it seems clear that we’re not seeing the same magnitude of fish kill we had last year,” said Travis Horton, FWP Region 3 fisheries manager, in a press release. “We’re not considering any closures or restriction, but are asking that anglers not target whitefish for the time being.”

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.