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California Officials to Poison Lake to Kill Fish Predators

California wildlife officials will risk the ire of many in a fishing community with plans to pour large amounts of poison into the Sierra reservoir to kill a species of predatory fish, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The state's Fish and Game Department plans to enter more than 16,000 gallons of the fish poison Rotenone into the body of water in effort to protect the state's dwindling trout population from the northern pike, an invader from the Midwest, the report said.

• Click here to read the L.A. Times report about fish poisoning.

This pike is also a potential threat to the state's fragile salmon and steelhead populations

In 1997, residents outaged at the environmental danger won $9.2 million in damages from California after poison in a fish kill in a nearby creek leaked into Lake Davis. The effort also proved somewhat fruitless as the pike reappeared 18 months later.