This cute teddy bear was inadvertently responsible for the death of 2500 fish in New Hampshire. Apparently, the bear clogged a critical drain at the Milford Hatchery. Robert S. Fawcett, Hacthery Supervisor, posted the following in the Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Weekly Fishing Report:
On Wednesday, September 6, 2006, a TEDDY BEAR released by person or persons unknown stopped the flow of water to a circular pool at Milford Hatchery, killing 2,500 rainbow trout. WATER FLOW in hatcheries IS LIFE SUPPORT TO THE FISH! Stop that flow, which delivers the dissolved oxygen required for fish respiration, and the fish suffocate and die. RELEASE OF ANY TEDDY BEARS into fish hatchery water IS NOT PERMITTED. Please think before you act. If a teddy bear is dropped accidentally, find a fish culturist and tell them quickly, so they might save your teddy bear, and keep it from becoming a killer. Thank you.Link to NH Weekly Fishing Report, Link to Associated Press article
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