Durango, Colo. (AP) Wildlife officials blame human error for the deaths of 50,000 rainbow trout at a hatchery in Durango over the weekend.
The Durango Herald reports that a seasonal worker apparently forgot to reopen a water valve that supplies fresh water to the trout, leading to the deaths Sunday night.
Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski says the employee has been dismissed.
The newspaper says the valve had been closed for regular cleaning at the hatchery. The ten-inch, 15-month-old trout died of oxygen starvation.
Hatchery manager Toby Mourning says about 34,000 trout survived.
The hatchery was scheduled to release 156,620 fish this year.
KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.