Nonnative fish removed from Verde River source

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PRESCOTT-- Stillman Lake at the headwaters of the Verde River is about to go native.

Workers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department and The Nature Conservancy spent Thursday and Friday shocking and removing all kinds of fish and turtles from the 20-acre lake northeast of Prescott.

Next week, they'll use a special chemical to kill off any remaining nonnative fish.

Fish and Wildlife service biologist Pam Sponholtz says after making sure all nonnative fish are gone, native species such as roundtail chubs, endangered razorback suckers, Sonora and desert suckers will take their place.

The goal is for the native fish to eventually repopulate the whole Verde River.

Information from: The Daily Courier

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