The state agency charged with protecting Minnesota's multibillion-dollar fishing industry from diseases allowed a virus potentially dangerous to fish into the state last year.
Last May, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources mistakenly approved a shipment of 2,000 rainbow trout from Wisconsin to a rural Cloquet man, who legally purchased them and put them into his private pond.
The pond owner, Curt Teberg, paid $3,600 for the trout and never expected they would cause him months of headache.
A mutual fund manager, Teberg said he stocked the fish into his elaborately designed fishing pond, which he uses to entertain stockholders and hold charitable fishing events.
But soon after the stocking, DNR officials told Teberg his trout came from a Wisconsin fish hatchery that had tested positive for a contagious fish virus called infectious pancreatic necrosis (IPN), which had never been found in Minnesota.
It's no suprise. Last year Wisconsin relaxed it's rules regarding fish handling which allowed the virus to spread within the state. They did it because the rules they had cost the price of bait to go up and some people complained. The $11,000 we spent would buy a lot of minnows but it's just the beginning. Wisconsin sent us viruses in deer, rusty crayfish and possibly eurasion millfoil because of previous restrictions they relaxed. Dave
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