April 20, 2014
They don't know it yet, but a lot of the northern pike currently swimming in a popular Sierra lake are headed for a final resting place in Nevada.
Pike killed during the California Department of Fish and Game's eradication project will be trucked to the Lockwood landfill, double-bagged and buried.
Tracie Douglas of Washoe County Environmental Health Services expects up to hundreds of thousands of dead fish.
And she says the landfill is ready.
The poisoned fish will be put in the ground and covered immediately.
Pike were discovered in Lake Davis in 1994.
The invasive predator has taken over what was a major trout fishery at the lake and biologists are worried that the pike could escape the lake and become established in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta.