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Illegally released walleye found in Newcastle's Black Elk Pond

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the recent discovery of walleye in Black Elk Pond in Newcastle is the result of illegal fish stocking and seeks to find the person responsible.

Walleye have not been stocked by the department in Black Elk Pond. They are a predatory species and after they reach just a few inches in size, they feed exclusively on other fish and can have lasting impacts on a fishery if a population becomes established.

“Illegal fish introductions are a serious problem and seem to be especially prevalent in northeast Wyoming,” said Sheridan Region Fisheries Supervisor Paul...