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New Mexico officials probing fish die-off in Pecos River

October 3, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die-off in the upper Pecos River in northern New Mexico.

The Las Vegas Optic reports the reported fish die-off from the village of Pecos to Cowles is affecting brown and rainbow trout.

Officials say it is being attributed to stress induced by low water conditions and poor water quality throughout late summer and early fall.

Most of the fish observed were adult brown trout and a few were rainbow trout.

The department expects more fish to die through the fall as brown trout undergo spawning stress and water flows continue to be very low.

Officials say waters that have been affected by die-offs will be restocked when water conditions are suitable.

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Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com

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