Officials Monitor River Life

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Officials Monitor River Life

Researchers have been on the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam for the last eight years, looking for signs of new life for an endangered species.

Sam Stukel with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has been working with pallid sturgeon, looking for signs of natural reproduction. He says this last summer, they found more encouraging signs…


Despite those encouraging signs, Stukel said they didn’t seen any evidence of natural reproduction this year…


The flood of 2011 sent massive amounts of water downstream, changing the river landscape. Stukel says despite those heavy flows, river life has rebounded…


He says they will be back on the river next spring, looking for more signs of young pallid sturgeons.

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