Alligator Gar stocked at Bootheel wildlife refuge

KENNETT, MO (AP) - Mingo National Wildlife Refuge is stocking a type of scavenger fish called alligator gar to strengthen sport fish populations.

The wildlife refuge has 21,592 acres and is the largest remnant of bottomland hardwoods remaining out of an original 2 and one-half million acres in the Missouri Bootheel.

The refuge is located between Puxico, Mo.  A total of 275 young alligator gar were unloaded.  A state official says alligator gar are common in locations known for great sport fishing in many other states.

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