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Someone killed a sturgeon on White Earth Lake

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This species has been re-introduced and is making a comeback thanks to efforts of the White Earth Natural Resources fisheries department. Once thriving in this area, populations were depleted by over harvest and of course blockages and destruction to it's spawning habitats and riverways.

This was washed up on the east shore of White Earth Lake last week, what a shame.


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Hopefully the person did this gets what they deserve... Even better if the DNR somehow catches them and makes an example of them.

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Wow. Pure stupidity.

The same kind of mentality of the people that slit the bellies of muskies on Pelican or smallies on Cormorant.

Just plain ignorant, abject stupidity.

Wow that makes me mad...


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looks like they gutted it for the "roe"---fish eggs

My thought exactly.

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looks like they gutted it for the "roe"---fish eggs

If that was it they were disappointed. The fish that we re-intruduced aren't nearly old enough to spawn yet. Females don't reach sexual maturity until 22-24 years of age. They didn't start reintroduction until 2002...

I'm gonna go with 'stupidity.'

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Pleading ignorance here...what would one do with the "roe" eggs?

caviar. expensive stuff. Sturgeon get poached the world over for that purpose. In Wisconsin they guard Sturgeon spawning grounds to avoid poaching.

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I also believe that paddlefish also have valuable roe and the Montana dnr collect and sell the roe from the snagging harvest season for habitat and such. Not related but just interesting.

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