A different kind of census at Prickly Pear Creek

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fish biologists and technicians electrofish Prickly Pear Creek outside East Helena on Thursday as a part of on ongoing fish monitoring project on the recently restored stretch of stream.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record CAMERON KIA WEIX

State officials went electrofishing on Prickly Pear Creek Thursday morning to take measure of an ecosystem that observers said has made impressive progress.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials temporarily stunned the fish with an electric rod to collect, count and release them for the third time in as many years in this stream. A trio from FWP worked their way downstream in waders and rubber gloves, one sweeping the rod’s metal loop through the water as the others scooped up fish with nets. Behind them, Fisheries Biologist Adam Strainer pushed a small boat with a bin for the catch and a rumbling generator powering the rod.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fish biologists and technicians

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