Study Identifies Lakes at Risk of Illegal Fish IntroductionNews Type: State Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A recent study found a way to identify lakes and other bodies of water in northwest Montana that are at high risk of illegal fish introductions, which can threaten native species. The study will allow state fish managers to improve patrols in high risk areas.
Standing next to Foy’s Lake southwest of Kalispell, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist Sam Bourret explains that there was a recent report of a northern pike in the lake. Northern pike are not native to Montana, and as a top predator, their presence can lead to fewer native species like the threatened bull trout or westslope cutthroat trout.
Reports like these help managers’ efforts to eradicate non-native species before they get a foothold.