California man caught with live, endangered sturgeon stuffed in trunk of car

California man caught with live, endangered sturgeon stuffed in trunk of car
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That’s not the right way to transport a fish.

Wildlife officials in California successfully rescued a rare fish, a green sturgeon, that was found in the back of a suspect’s car. Amazingly, the fish survived despite not being stored in water while in the vehicle.

Officials in California were able to successfully rescue a sturgeon, despite it being kept out of water after being illegally caught.
(California Department of Fish and Wildlife)

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife posted about the incident on Facebook, which took place in November. Anglers at the Clifton Forebay contacted authorities after they witnessed a man catching a green sturgeon and not releasing it.

Green sturgeons have been classified as a threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act and it is not permitted to catch and retain.

The suspect was spotted loading the fish into their car, and the witnesses were able to provide authorities…

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