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Danielle Runyon caught and released this 28-inch walleye in the Park Rapids area in June. Walleye are stocked by the DNR in local lakes but some anglers illegally transport other species to lakes, hoping to create new or greater angling opportunities. The practice is illegal and should not be considered due to environmental implications and fines. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Leave the fish stocking to the experts

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stocks fish in our local lakes to ensure healthy populations and increase angling opportunities.

However, some people think they can improve a fishery by introducing fish into a body of water.

Maybe an aquatic pet has become cumbersome; the owner believing the animal will be better off in the wild, often times a natural environment unsuitable for the fish, additionally endangering native species of fish and other wildlife.

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