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Arkansas Shark Experiment
The Arkansas Democrat newpaper in Arkansas is reporting that 3 lakes in Arkansas had been selected to host "an in-depth study into the breeding and habits of several species of fresh-water sharks." Two thousand sharks were to be released into Lake Ouachita and two other unnamed lakes including blue sharks, hammerheads, and a few great whites. The experiment was designed to determine whether the sharks could survive in the cooler climate of Arkansas. The federal government was said to be spending $7.3 million to determine this.
A representative from the National Biological Foundation was quoted as saying that there would probably be a noticeable decline in the populations of other fish in the lake because "the sharks will eat about 20 pounds of fish each per day, more as they get older." County officials were said to have protested the experiment, afraid of the hazard it would pose to fishermen and swimmers, but their complaints had been ignored by the federal government. Furthermore, fishermen had been forbidden from catching the sharks. The Arkansas Democrat received a flurry of letters in response to the announcement.
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