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      Fish meeting fails to reel in residents

      In a proposal to reintroduce the endangered Topeka Shiner fish in Northern Missouri, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Conservation, held a public meeting in Green City.

      Although no one from the public showed up, officials discussed why and how the species will be reintroduced as a recovery method.

      The fish is already found in Sugar Creek in Daviess County, but they plan to stock more of the Topeka Shiner species in Northeastern Missouri.

      Darren Thornhill with the Department of Conservation tells us the species is part of Missouri history.

      "Currently there are no federal recovery plans for the Topeka Shiner, but we have a state action plan for recovery of the species," Thornhill said. "It's a species that's historic to Missouri, its part of our natural history in this state."

      Thornhill tells us they will be stocking the Big Muddy Creek and Little Creek that flows through Harrison, Gentry and Worth counties. The species will also be reintroduced to Spring Creek that runs through Putnam, Sullivan and Adair counties.

      Fish and wildlife officials expect to reintroduce the fish some time this summer.

      If you would like to know more about the Topeka Shiner species CLICK HERE.