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State unveils pike 'rapid response' plan

Plan allows for declaration of pike emergency

LAKE ROOSEVELT - The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has released a "rapid response" plan to take extraordinary measures to kill northern pike found in waterways like Lake Roosevelt.

Released last week, the plan would allow state officials and tribes to draw down reservoirs, using Rotenone to poison the fish, netting and seining, quarantining waterways and more after declaring a northern pike emergency.

State Aquatic Invasive Species Policy Coordinator Justin Bush called the plan critical in containing the species.

According to the agency, northern pike have made their way into Washingto...

 

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