Craig Amadio holds two burbot that were netted out of Fontenelle Reservoir in Wyoming. Getting rid of the non-native fish is serious business.
Craig Amadio holds two burbot that were netted out of Fontenelle Reservoir in Wyoming. Getting rid of the non-native fish is serious business. (Associated Press/Wyoming Game and Fish)

$1,000 reward for catching ugly fish from Wyoming reservoir

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — A $1,000 reward has been posted for catching an ugly fish out of Fontenelle Reservoir in western Wyoming.

The fish are called burbot and they're not native to the upper Green River drainage. Burbot compete with native game species including trout.

Burbot are eel-like but said to be good eating despite their appearance.

Getting more people to fish for burbot is one way to reduce their numbers, so Game and Fish and Trout Unlimited are sponsoring a burbot raffle. Game and Fish has caught 25 burbot and tagged them with raffle tags.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports anybody who catches a tagged burbot from Fontenelle may enter a raffle with a $1,000 grand prize.

The drawing will take place at a burbot fishing rally Jan. 7-8 at Fontenelle.

Rock-loving orangutan causes $220K damage at St. Louis zoo

ST. LOUIS — A rock-loving orangutan named Rubih went ape on the observation windows of her St. Louis zoo enclosure, forcing nearly $200,000 in repairs and the temporary closure of the exhibit.

Zookeepers say the 12-year-old female orangutan repeatedly tapped and banged rocks against four 7-foot-tall windows over several months, causing considerable damage. The windows were replaced in mid-November and the exhibit is expected to open later this month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.


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Susan Gallagher, a spokeswoman for the zoo, said replacing the triple layer of glass with 3-inch thick acrylic required re-engineering the frames that hold them, plus caulking requiring three weeks to cure.

Zoo officials say Rubih even dug up cement from the base of a tree for her destructive endeavors.

The zoo's ape care team taught the orangutan to bring them rocks in exchange for treats. But the ape started banging on the windows with rocks when zookeepers weren't around, presumably to get someone's attention for a reward.

Zookeepers now hope to train Rubih to drop rocks in a tube — regardless of whether staffers are around to reward her — and give her a treat if they later find rocks when they check the tube.

With insurance coverage, the zoo ended up paying $71,000 out of pocket for the new windows.

Associated Press