Thousands of tiger muskies returning to Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Tiger muskies are returning to Utah.

The big fish with a big fight haven't been stocked in Utah since 2005 because of concerns about aquatic diseases. But the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has disease-free tiger muskies that are being sent to Utah.

As many as 9,000 tiger muskies are scheduled to arrive in Utah Wednesday. They'll be stocked in six Utah reservoirs.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources first introduced tiger muskies in 1988.

State officials say tiger muskies are a sterile, hatchery-produced hybrid that don't occur naturally anywhere in the world.

They can grow to be more than 40 inches long and provide a sought-after challenge for freshwater anglers.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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