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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Why rob the hatchery? Because that's where the fish are!

Stream conditions must be tough when thieves, also known as poachers, raided the San Joaquin Hatchery in California and made off with 1,000 jumbo trout in the three to four pound range.  In the process they also left behind an additional 70 dead trout.

The knuckleheads involved in this break-in were probably looking to sell them to restaurants or in outdoor markets. So anyone who has noticed any strange or suspicious activity in California is being asked to call Patrick Foy, DFG Law Enforcement, (916) 508-7095.  Wow, this request should have the phone ringing off the hook!

The fish thieves have obviously taken poaching to a new level as they in a way followed the advise of legendary bank robber, Willie Sutton.  Why did they rob the hatchery?  Because that's where the fish are!

There is a $1,000 reward being offered by The Californians Turn In Poachers and Polluters program (CalTIP).  You can learn more about this program on their website: www.dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/caltip.aspx.

This happened a couple of weeks ago on August 21, so by now you should be able to easily sniff the thieves out.

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