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Rare minnows rescued from Texas river amid drought
Yahoo ^ | 9/16/11 | Betsy Blaney - AP

Posted on 09/16/2011 2:46:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Wading through a muddy river bed to reach shallow pools of water, wildlife biologists scooped up hundreds of minnows Friday in one of the first rescues of fish threatened by the state's worst drought in decades.

The scientists collected smalleye shiners and sharpnose shiners from the Brazos River — about 2,300 on Thursday and 800 Friday. The fish, which are found only in the Brazos and nowhere else in the world,..

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With the water drying up in the drought, the minnows don't have the 100 miles of river they need to reproduce. ..

A team rescued 110 federally threatened Arkansas River shiners and 60 peppered chubs from the Canadian River in the Texas Panhandle near the New Mexico border last week and took them to a federal fish hatchery in Oklahoma.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: drought; endangeredspecies; minnows; rescued; texas
Whew! got to save them shiners and chubs.. oh yeah.
1 posted on 09/16/2011 2:46:04 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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baits the hook.. tosses the line in the pond..


2 posted on 09/16/2011 2:47:29 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

you’re baiting me...no, wait.


3 posted on 09/16/2011 2:49:41 PM PDT by brivette
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To: NormsRevenge

A minnow is a damn minnow no matter what fancy name you give to them. We’ve got so many minnows in this country that some places put them on pizza to get rid of them.


4 posted on 09/16/2011 2:49:51 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Mexico! Your poverty isn't America's problem.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I guess humans are not “federally threatened” enough to get assistance from the gubbermint.


5 posted on 09/16/2011 2:50:52 PM PDT by OldBullrider (if yur hurt, rub some dirt on it, and get back to work)
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To: NormsRevenge

Time to go fishin’!


6 posted on 09/16/2011 2:51:50 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: NormsRevenge

ACORN has registered every stinking minnow and is carrying them to the polls in fishbowls! Why not just todd a crappie or bass into the puddles and let nature take its course?


7 posted on 09/16/2011 2:52:45 PM PDT by Repulican Donkey
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To: NormsRevenge; NYTexan

And we are going to have a mini fish fry this weekend!

To cut down on calories ya know.


8 posted on 09/16/2011 2:53:12 PM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: NormsRevenge

ACORN has registered every stinking minnow and is carrying them to the polls in fishbowls! Why not just toss a crappie or bass into the puddles and let nature take its course?


9 posted on 09/16/2011 2:53:30 PM PDT by Repulican Donkey
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To: NormsRevenge
So these folk who "Breathe" Darwin's natural selection, are more than willing to step in and prevent their religious beliefs from fulfillment.

"Yeah but this is different..."

10 posted on 09/16/2011 2:53:30 PM PDT by steveo (PETO-VT-IN-MARI-SVB-CRVCE-AVSTRALI-SEPELIAR)
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To: NormsRevenge
Why are they subverting Gaia's will for minnows? Gaia created the drought, she hates the minnows. /liberal mode off

/johnny

11 posted on 09/16/2011 2:53:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: NormsRevenge

I thought liberals believed in Darwin, and the Law of the fittest?.............


12 posted on 09/16/2011 2:55:13 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: steveo
6 seconds between our replies, both mocking the liberal (lack of) mindset. Great minds, and all of that. ;)

/johnny

13 posted on 09/16/2011 2:56:04 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: NormsRevenge

They were delicious.


14 posted on 09/16/2011 2:56:14 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gotta wonder how much we’re paying for each minnow that was saved (or created)


15 posted on 09/16/2011 2:57:59 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: NormsRevenge

where I come from we call them ‘bait’


16 posted on 09/16/2011 3:00:02 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Thank you, Bob!)
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To: Red Badger

You thought wrong

Scientists and rational people who have studied biology know that natural selection results in survival of species.

Being conservative or liberal is not involved in the issue


17 posted on 09/16/2011 3:03:39 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: NormsRevenge
The same minnows are all over New Mexico, Arizona and other parts of Texas. During droughts of the past, even when all streams 'dry up', come next years rains and full flowing streams, the minnows are right back in huge numbers.

I used to net buckets of minnows (in the hills) to use for bait in lake fishing - and learned that even though the streams appear to be gone, little pools survive in great numbers, along with great numbers of minnows.

Problem is too many 'biologists' like these just have no long-term experience - and no clue about the nature of nature itself.

18 posted on 09/16/2011 3:03:54 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: NormsRevenge

How many does it take to make a fish sammich?


19 posted on 09/16/2011 3:04:13 PM PDT by moovova
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To: NormsRevenge

Nah, them’s numbers...


20 posted on 09/16/2011 3:05:11 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Slings and Arrows

“They were delicious.”

You’re not supposed to eat the bait!!


21 posted on 09/16/2011 3:08:19 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Thank you, Bob!)
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To: moovova
How many does it take to make a fish sammich?

Most of them.

/johnny

22 posted on 09/16/2011 3:09:37 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: NormsRevenge

They are saving them so they can beat up the oil industry later.

Endangered is ok, extinct is bad.

Lets see who will loose out to these fish in the future.


23 posted on 09/16/2011 3:10:17 PM PDT by dila813
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To: Red Badger

“I thought liberals believed in Darwin, and the Law of the fittest?.............”

They do. They think minnows are more fit than humans.


24 posted on 09/16/2011 3:11:14 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Thank you, Bob!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I thought, surely, the minnows would be lost, after a 3 hour tour?


25 posted on 09/16/2011 3:13:16 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Most of them.”

LOL!


26 posted on 09/16/2011 3:13:16 PM PDT by moovova
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To: NormsRevenge

Catfish disguised as biologists.


27 posted on 09/16/2011 3:15:15 PM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Earth first! We can log the other planets later")
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To: NormsRevenge

This drought is horrifying.
I cant imagine what it will be like if we have to sustain another year of it.


28 posted on 09/16/2011 3:21:32 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: SouthTexas

LOL!


29 posted on 09/16/2011 3:24:19 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: mylife

used shinners a many a time on the red river.Beautiful bait fish...lasts long time on a hook.Best catfish bait there is


30 posted on 09/16/2011 3:26:43 PM PDT by VF-51vnv
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To: NYTexan

I guess I had better go down to the river this weekend to check it out.
Mickey said the river was running good and that the trees were all fine, but that was in mid August.


31 posted on 09/16/2011 3:32:04 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: All

Proving that “endangered” species can be relocated.
No need to ever stop another construction project.


32 posted on 09/16/2011 3:32:46 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: VF-51vnv

I like to use shad for stripers


33 posted on 09/16/2011 3:33:02 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: mylife
This drought is horrifying. I cant imagine what it will be like if we have to sustain another year of it.

I certainly sympathize with the people in Texas, some of my relatives winter there...but the drought is a natural event and I'm not sure that we should be interfering with her. I guess saving a minnow species has its high points, but zillions of species have become extinct and the earth goes on without them......we'll see, maybe we are smarter than God....probably not.

34 posted on 09/16/2011 3:36:39 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: ari-freedom

What, you don’t like sushi?


35 posted on 09/16/2011 3:38:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: mylife

My spottails are troopers. I can cast them out 50 feet and they will swim back to their school regardless of what gear (hook, sinker, bob) I saddle them with. I hook mine through the the middle of the back, right above the lateral line.

Some people hook them through the mouth.


36 posted on 09/16/2011 3:51:43 PM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish?)
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To: VF-51vnv
Only went catfishing once, but we used black bloodsuckers...pick them up with needle nose plyers and one or two will last all day...and you'd get a good number of catfish with them...

Black bloodsuckers is not a racist remark, just a type of bloodsucker....:O)

37 posted on 09/16/2011 4:02:34 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: NormsRevenge

Woohoo! I got 18 seconds of drizzle today!!! Yep, 18 whole seconds. First we’ve had in who knows how long.


38 posted on 09/16/2011 4:25:15 PM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: txhurl

Mouths tear out to easy.


39 posted on 09/16/2011 4:34:40 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: goat granny
That sounds as bad as using "Stinky Joe" You take the entrails from your last batch of catfish, put em in a resealable jar with some sour cream and cut bait then leave that out in the yard for a day or two.

You'll want to bring along those pliers ☺

40 posted on 09/16/2011 4:41:39 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: NormsRevenge

“With the water drying up in the drought, the minnows don’t have the 100 miles of river they need to reproduce. .. “

I bet they would reproduce in my 40 gallon aquarium.


41 posted on 09/16/2011 4:55:35 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (I have a liberal arts degree, do you want fries with that?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Now if God kills off the minnows is it still Bush’s fault?


42 posted on 09/16/2011 6:24:07 PM PDT by WePledge (Ich werde fur immer ein Hollenhund werden. Semper Fidelis)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thank goodness! Now I can sleep tonight.


43 posted on 09/16/2011 8:07:53 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Need a new tagline - Bucs are better this year)
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To: mylife

And for God sakes don’t forget the gas mask....LOL


44 posted on 09/16/2011 9:09:22 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: JohnBrowdie

The trick is to kill all the minnows you see. They are then extinct and not endangered..Land and water is safe for us humans instead of a stupid hunk of bait...


45 posted on 09/16/2011 9:11:53 PM PDT by goat granny
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