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Fish Die Due To Hatchery Power Outage

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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A power outage at a fish hatchery in northwestern Montana resulted in the deaths of about 160,000 fish that will affect fish stocking in the Eureka and Libby area for the next two years.
    
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department says the Sunday morning power outage resulted in the pumps at the Murray Springs State Fish Hatchery near Eureka to be shut off for 3.5 hours. A backup generator failed to start.
    
The loss includes 30,000 7-to-8-inch rainbow trout destined for Lake Koocanusa; 47,000 2-inch rainbow trout and some 2-year-old future brood fish that will impact next year's Redband spawn. The loss also includes 6,000 10-inch westslope cutthroat trout and about 50,000 2.5-inch rainbow trout.
    
Some of the loss will be mitigated by the use of surplus fish from other hatcheries.

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