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Pallid sturgeon population gets boost

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - About 550 more endangered pallid sturgeon have been introduced into the Missouri River.

Crews from several conservation departments released the fish Wednesday near Kaw Point. About 1,500 more will be stocked in other parts of the river over the next few days.

The pallid sturgeon can measure up to 72 inches long and weigh nearly 100 pounds. It's been on the federal endangered species list since 1990 because of overfishing, damming and habitat loss.

The Missouri Department of Conservation, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took part in the release.

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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