Pikeminnows Swimming


The pikeminnow is a non-native fish that was accidentally introduced to the Eel River ecosystem. It does very well in the Eel River due to warm water and slow flows in summer. This non-native fish thus out-competes the native salmon and steelhead on this river. Efforts are underway to remove the pikeminnow from the river, however that task is extremely difficult. In the past, public participation in fishing derbies was one method used to remove this species from the Eel River. Other methods have been tried, but how do you remove a species from an entire ecosystem once it has taken hold? This is the dilemma facing wildlife managers on this river. The native fish populations are declining and the introduced species are very healthy.

Otters and mink do eat their share of pikeminnow. Anglers take some of them. Belted kingfishers, herons and egrets also consume pikeminnows. The native predators can't control the population alone though.




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Find fish posters, greeting cards, t-shirts, hats, and more in my new store.

Now available: "Animals Don't Cover Their Tracks - An Introduction to Animal Tracking" on CD! (Version 3.0) New drawings, more species, more photos, more extensive sections on tracking humans, more detailed directions for plaster casting, mystery tracks section, tracking stories section, and more. The CD features over 100 species, including special bonus sections with the tracks of some African and Australian animals. A large section on tracking lost people for search and rescue is included, with over four pages of photos showing the details of tracks and signs people leave. Easy to use format. This web site is limited by bandwidth, but the CD-ROM is not. The CD is available in my online store at: www.dirt-time.com  Works with Mac or PC. Happy tracking!!

What else can you find in the nature store? Beartracker's animal tracks coloring book, T-shirts, sweatshirts, journals, book bags, toddler and infant apparel, mouse pads, posters, postcards, coffee mugs, travel mugs, clocks, Frisbees, bumper stickers, hats, stickers, and many more items. All with tracks or paw  prints, or nature scenes. Custom products are available. If you don't see the track you want on the product you want, email me and I can probably create it. Proceeds from all sales go to pay the monthly fees for this web site. You can help support this site as well as get great tracking products! Thank you!


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Also visit these fine stores for more products of interest:

NDN Pride shop - For Indian Pride items for all tribes. Custom items available on request.

ASL Signs of Love - For anyone who uses or is learning ASL, American Sign Language. Custom name items and more are available here.

Sales from all stores give commissions to Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den, which helps keep this site online as a free service. We are celebrating ten years online this year!





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