Idaho wildlife officials investigate sturgeon poaching

Idaho wildlife officials investigate sturgeon poaching

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A sturgeon swims March 9, 2017, at Fish Breeders of Idaho.

BOISE (AP) — State wildlife authorities are investigating a poaching incident after a sturgeon carcass was found in the Boise River.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game received the report of the carcass in the river near a Boise bridge on March 3. A conservation officer who investigated found only the head and fins remained on the 6-foot sturgeon carcass.

White sturgeon are a protected species in Idaho. They can be caught, but anglers are required to release them safely and without removing them from the water.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking that people with any information about the incident call state law enforcement or department officials.

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