Sturgeon rescue

Check out the patience of state fish and wildlife officers, who spent 20 minutes reviving this large white sturgeon on the Sacramento River near Clarksburg last week.

The fish was taken by a poacher who had thrown the fish in the back of his truck, officials said.

Officers stopped the car and found the 61/2-foot-long fish, which was oversized and untagged. Eric Solden, 34, of Hood, was cited, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

More remarkable was what happened next, as officers put the “nearly lifeless” fish back in the river in an attempt to resuscitate it. Other fishermen took video as one officer moved the fish back and forth to force water over its gills.

Finally, the fish gained enough strength to swim away, and there’s one more beautiful, giant sturgeon in the Sacramento River as a result.

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