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Bad Fish to be Destroyed

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(12/22/2005)

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The Northern Pike is a very bad fish. It is a big, hungry fish, and devours little fish such as trout and perch. Many Northern Pike live in Lake Davis. They are killing all the smaller fish in the lake. The Northern Pike are a serious threat to the lake because they eat all the smaller fish. Soon, all other species of fish in the lake will be killed off. This is not healthy for the environment.

Experts are afraid that the Northern Pike will swim out of Lake Davis through many smaller rivers that feed into the lake. They could spread all over the country and damage many other water environments. If that happens, it would be too late to stop the Northern Pike.

For ten years, officials have been trying to remove the Northern Pike from Lake Davis. They have tried using nets, explosives and poisons. However, the Northern Pike population is still doing well in Lake Davis. Many people do not like the idea of using poison to kill the fish. They worry that the poisons are bad for humans who use the water. No trace of the poisons has ever been found in local wells, however.

Scientists are going to try the poison again. This time, they will drain the lake before they add the poison to the water. A public hearing will be held to talk about the problem.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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