NM: Department Seeks Information about Fish Theft

RATON – The New Mexico Department of
Game and Fish is seeking information about the theft of dozens of
game fish at Stubblefield Lake in northeastern New Mexico.

Most of the stolen fish, believed to
be walleye, were removed from Department nets pulled to shore late
Friday, April 8, or early Saturday, April 9. The Department traps
walleye every spring to collect eggs and milt from the spawning
fish. The eggs are fertilized and then taken to the Rock Lake
Hatchery, where they are hatched and later stocked in various
lakes.

Department officers also are
investigating littering and damage to property that occurred at the
scene at the time of the fish thefts.

The Department is offering a $1,000
reward for information leading to the arrest or criminal charges in
the case. Callers can remain anonymous by calling the Operation
Game Thief Hotline at (800) 432-4263.

 

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