December 29, 2010 in City
Kathy Plonka photo

In this June 4, 2010 photo, technician Chris Lewandowski holds a one-year-old hatchery-bred sturgeon at the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho’s Fish hatchery in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Revered as spiritual messengers by the tribe, the sturgeon can live for a century and grow to 8 feet long. As recently as the 1970s, thousands of them lurked in the Kootenai River’s cool, gray-green depths. Now, fewer than 500 adults remain, and they’re federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.


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