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100 years ago: Local fishermen believed to have landed new species

A new type of fish, several specimens of which had been pulled from clear lake, presented a puzzle to local sportsmen. (Spokesman-Review archives)
A new type of fish, several specimens of which had been pulled from clear lake, presented a puzzle to local sportsmen. (Spokesman-Review archives)

The game warden reported that a Spokane fishermen had landed an entirely new species of fish at Clear Lake.

It appeared to be a cross between two common kinds of fish.

“The fish had the head of a perch … but the body much like a crappie,” said the warden.

Until that week no fish of that kind had ever come out of the lake, but over the weekend, fishermen landed seven of them.

They had no idea what to call them.

“I have placed a specimen of the fish in the live fish box at Buckley’s Cafe, and want the fishermen to look it over a suggest a name,” he said.

From the wildlife beat: Herds of elk were migrating north out of Yellowstone National Park and heading toward North Idaho and Spokane, according to forest officials.

They said that large herds were already reported in the ranches of Montana. This was causing ranchers and farmers to protest and they consuming the forage.

So officials were scrambling to set up preserves as far north as Newport, Wash., as feeding grounds for the migrating herds.

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