Nearly 50,000 pounds of dead fish removed from California lake

California officials have completed the grim task of collecting fish killed in last month's poisoning of a Sierra Nevada lake to exterminate the northern pike.

California Department of Fish and Game crews gathered nearly 50-thousand pounds of fish since September 21st, when 16-thousand gallons of a toxic chemical were poured into Lake Davis near Portola, California.

Northern pike - which wildlife experts believe were carried to Lake Davis by anglers from outside the state in the 1980s - decimated the lake's famous trophy trout.

California first poisoned Lake Davis in 1997 but pike reappeared 18 months later.

Department officials say they're hopeful the pike will be permanently removed this time.

Once the aquatic insecticide Rotenone dissipates, the lake and
its tributaries will be restocked with more than 950-thousand
trout.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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