Living Dinosaur Survives with Hatchery's Help

As part the Service's commemoration of the Endangered Species Act's 40th Anniversary, each week a different state and their unique story features our continued success in recovering threatened and endangered species. This week, we learn about the recovery efforts for North Dakota's pallid sturgeon. Thanks to the efforts of Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery and others, this ancient fish is getting a second chance at drifting in their historic currents in the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

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