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Rare fish in Utah shows signs of recovery

Rare fish in Utah shows signs of recovery



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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- Wildlife officials say an endangered Utah fish is showing signs of recovery.

The June sucker, which only lives in Utah Lake and its tributaries, made its first appearance this year at a restored creek near Springville.

Crews spent $1.3 million fixing up Hobble Creek last year so it could host the rare fish, which are named for their June spawning run.

Mike Mills, a local coordinator for the June sucker recovery program, says about 100 of the fish used the creek in May and June, a pleasant surprise for wildlife managers.

He says the fish are also showing up more often in samples taken from Utah Lake.

The June sucker was listed as an endangered species in 1986.

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

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