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Local fish to get big shock when DOW does count

Whatever you do on this Thursday and Friday, don’t go near the water in Glenwood Canyon between Grizzly Creek and No Name.

That’s the message from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, which will be conducting a fish count in the Colorado River by zapping the fish with electricity. If boaters and anyone on the shore along the Colorado River manage to fall in the water, they could get zapped, too, said Sonia Marzec, DOW district wildlife manager.

Using large boats, DOW officials will shock fish along a one-mile stretch of the river between Grizzly Creek and No Name, stunning the fish so they can be counted, division spokesman Randy Hampton said.

Signs will be posted along the bike path, and agency employees will be warning passersby to stay away from the river, because there is a chance bystanders could be electrocuted if they are in the river.

The fish will be shocked and marked on Thursday, and shocked again and recounted on Friday, Hampton said, adding that the shocks will neither kill nor harm the fish. The fish will be counted to establish a baseline population estimate for the river so the state can get a better handle on management of the Colorado River’s fisheries, Marzec said.

Hampton said the count will give the agency a better idea about whether its current fisheries management practices are working. He said the agency has received no complaints about the fish count disrupting rafting or other recreational activities on the river.

Dave York, owner of Roaring Fork Outfitters, said the fish count won’t affect his rafting business. Warning about potential electrocution is just a precaution, he said.

“It’s not a huge deal,” York said. “They do it all the time.”

Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. 520


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