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Colo. bars taking live crayfish from Yampa basin

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – An aggressive crayfish native to the Ohio River basin has been found in the headwaters of the Yampa River in Colorado for the first time, prompting state wildlife officials to bar the take of any live crayfish from the Yampa River basin.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife announced the order Monday following the discovery of rusty crayfish. Wildlife officials are hoping the order will keep the crustacean from spreading.

People often collect crayfish for food or bait. Wildlife officials say that since it’s hard to distinguish rusty crayfish from other crayfish, they don’t want anglers taking any live crayfish from the Yampa River or any streams, lakes, canals or rivers adjoining it.

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