Smallmouth surge: Nonnative fish thrive in drought, threaten native species

COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE—Andrea Sponseller, left, Jeffrey Behncke, center, and Andrew Nordick of the Colorado Division of Wildlife conduct an electrofishing operation in the mouth of a tributary stream along the Yampa River near Maybell. Nonnative species are plucked from the surface after all the fish in an area are stunned.



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COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE—Andrea Sponseller, left, Jeffrey Behncke, center, and Andrew Nordick of the Colorado Division of Wildlife conduct an electrofishing operation in the mouth of a tributary stream along the Yampa River near Maybell. Nonnative species are plucked from the surface after all the fish in an area are stunned.

As drought conditions settle onto the Grand Valley, its human residents are not the only ones likely to feel the squeeze. As in other recent droughts, the several species of endangered fish…




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