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By Paul Delaney
Staff Reporter 

Rotenone treatment not so scary

 

WDFW

Crews of professional applicators use an airboat to disperse rotenone in a treatment effort. Airboats are used in shallow areas while traditional power boats are used for deeper parts of lakes. 

Editor's note: This is part two of a series started in last week's issue.

Mention the use of rotenone treatments to help create a healthier fishery and it can make some people panic.

But it should not be thought of as such a scary word, Department of Fish and Wildlife district fish biologist Randy Osborne said.

The planned treatment of West Medical Lake in the fall to rid it of an invasive goldfish population will use rotenone for the first time since 2009. Rotenone has been used successfully for over 80 years. It is not harmful to mammals.

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