Nearly 100,000 Idaho hatchery steelhead killed to stop virus

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says nearly 100,000 juvenile steelhead at a southern Idaho hatchery have been killed to prevent a virus from spreading.

Officials say the 96,000 juvenile steelhead in the Magic Valley Fish Hatchery would have been released next spring into the Little Salmon River.

There are 1.5 million fish at the hatchery, and losing 96,000 is not expected to have a significant impact.

The fish had been shipped as eggs from Fish and Game’s Clearwater Fish Hatchery in northern central Idaho, and might have already had the virus then. (AP)

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