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Tiger muskies released into remote Arizona lake on purpose

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Posted at 9:14 AM, Jun 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-02 12:22:36-04

PHOENIX (AP) - About 450 sardine-sized fish with a mouthful of sharp teeth have been released in a remote lake in north-central Arizona on purpose.

If they can survive predators, the meat-eating tiger muskies can grow to 3 feet long or more and can eat small bass - allowing anglers to have larger bass to catch in upcoming years.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Services donated the tiger muskies to Arizona.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department introduced the tiny but feisty fish on May 16 into Horsethief Basin Lake.

The small reservoir is 6,000 feet high in the mountains west of the Sunset Point rest area near Crown King.

Surveys of bass in the lake show that 80% are smaller than 8 inches, according to the Arizona Republic.