"It was the two-headed baby trout that got everyone’s attention"

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  1. Bert

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    Photographs of variously mutated brown trout were relegated to an appendix of a scientific study commissioned by the J. R. Simplot Company, whose mining operations have polluted nearby creeks in southern Idaho. The trout were the offspring of local fish caught in the wild that had been spawned in the laboratory. Some had two heads; others had facial, fin and egg deformities.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/s...lenium.html?_r=1&hpw=&pagewanted=all#comments
     
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    So, does that count as two towards your catch limit then?
     
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    Just "who's attention" did it catch and what are "they" going to do about it. Two headed trout?
    "a lot of freaks out there"
     
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    From the linked article, here are some of the people paying attention:

    - Greater Yellowstone Coalition
    - Senator Barbara Boxer
    - The Forest Service
    - The Geological Survey
    - The Fish and Wildlife Service
    - Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
    - E.P.A.
    - David Janz, an aquatic toxicology professor at the University of Saskatchewan
     
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    As an FYI, if my memory serves the Simplot company ownership includes Gay Otter (the long-time wife of Idaho Gov Butch Otter, who later dumped her for a beauty queen in the mid 1990s). The Simplot Company bankrolled the political career of Governor Otter and I'm guessing still contributes to his political campaign. The cynic in me says don't expect the state of Idaho to get too engaged on this issue....
     
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    See what happens when you spawn in a laboratory (or hatchery)