U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decides Against Endangered Status for Lake Sturgeon

LAKE OF THE WOODS, MN (trfnews.i234.me) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced its decision not to designate lake sturgeon as an endangered species, citing stability and growth in the population. Anglers support the decision, preserving the tradition of sturgeon spearing in Wisconsin.

Karen Harrington of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service emphasizes that lake sturgeon are not at risk of extinction, leading to the decision to keep them off the endangered species list. Harrington highlights collaborative efforts to conserve and restore lake sturgeon populations, which are showing signs of stability or even growth in some areas.

While some conservation advocates express concern about declining adult fish numbers despite restoration efforts, the agency underscores the species’ overall steady increase. This decision allows continued sturgeon spearing, a cherished tradition in Wisconsin.

Peter Soldolski, a Lake Winnebago angler, attributes the success to effective management by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He believes this decision reflects the exceptional status of Wisconsin’s sturgeon population.

Listing lake sturgeon as endangered would have prohibited harvesting, ending a long-standing tradition. Angler Bob Kantor expresses relief that the DNR will continue to support this cherished practice.

I’m Neil Berg reporting for trfnews.i234.me

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