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Rifle, CO Colorado

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May 16, 2012
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No rock climbing at Rifle Falls

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission denied a petition that would have allowed rock climbing on property at the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery.

At their meeting last week, commissioners based the decision on concerns about an active golden eagle nest in the immediate area, diversion of wildlife funds, safety issues, parking problems and potential damage to sensitive hatchery and water equipment in the area.

The Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery was built in 1955 and was the largest trout hatchery in the world at that time. The hatchery raised about 3.7 million fish last year and is responsible for about 40 percent of the cacheable trout in the state hatchery system.

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