Kootenai River White Sturgeon
The Kootenai River White Sturgeon is North America’s largest freshwater fish, capable of reach 19 feet in length and 1000 lbs. This monstrous beast has been around since the dinosaurs, but is now in danger of becoming extinct, as less than 500 still populate the Kootenia River in Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia . The White Sturgeon’s mating patterns have been disrupted by a dam that has changed the flow of water that has caused the fish to swim upriver and spawn. Attempts to recreate water flows at the site of the Libby Dam in Montana have been unsuccessful, and the fish may become extinct within 10 years if no fix is found.