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USFWS says lake sturgeon not endangered, allowing state management to continue

Upon review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this week rendered its decision – that lake sturgeon, a recovery success story in Minnesota, aren’t in need of federal protections by way of the Endangered Species Act. (Wisconsin DNR Photo)

Lake sturgeon don’t need Endangered Species Act protections, federal wildlife officials announced Monday, saying that stocking programs have helped the prehistoric fish return to areas where they had vanished.
The decision ends the Arizona-based Center of Biological Diversity’s petition filed in May 2018 asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list lake sturgeon as endangered or threatened. Such listings would make harvesting the fish illegal, but without them, popular sturgeon-harvest seasons in states such as Wisconsin and Michigan can continue.

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