NANFA-- Wolf gar

Hoover, Jan J WES (
Tue, 9 Nov 1999 13:24:42 -0600

The current issue of the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee
Newsletter (Vol.6, Number 2, Fall 1999) has an article on alligator gar.
Information is mostly generic (range, appearance, size) but of special
interest is the intent of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to release
fingerlings into the Wolf River in west Tennessee (Fayette County). Article
states that introductions will take place in late July but it is unclear to
me whether this was July 1999 or will be July 2000. No mention is made of
the source of parental stock.

Gar must be gaining in popularity with fishery managers. The article notes
that the alligator gar are expected to enhance local fisheries by
controlling rough fish populations and by providing alternative species for
anglers. Weren't gar the victims of "control" programs as recently as the

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