Research Shows Shovelnose Sturgeon Coming Back

Nick Hogberg's holding a shovelnose sturgeon. (Submitted Photo)
Nick Hogberg's holding a shovelnose sturgeon. (Submitted Photo)

Research gathered through a state project shows that a near extinct native fish is making a comeback. Sheridan Media’s Leslie Stratmoen has the story.


A fish species that once fed off the bottom of Wyoming lakes in droves, like vacuum cleaners, is staging a comeback. Fish biologist Nick Hogberg says the Game and Fish Department’s efforts to reestablish the shovelnose sturgeon in the lower Big Horn River, which had dwindled down to nothing because man-made dams kept them from making their way upstream to spawn, is working.

He presented the results of his research to a group gathered recently at the community college in Sheridan, and did so, he said, as a means of bringing about public awareness for the species.

With that, he described the fish.

Reestablishing the species is important, he said, because it’s native to the state. And that’s the goal of the agency, to conserve the native biodiversity of the state’s aquatic ecosystem and make sure that species that were here naturally are able to remain in the waters of Wyoming.

Another view of the shovelnose sturgeon. (Submitted Photo)
Another view of the shovelnose sturgeon. (Submitted Photo)
SheridanWyoming.com

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