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GREEN RIVER - Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said they're mystified by the theft of traps that were being used to study illegally introduced fish in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The traps were intended to catch burbot (BUR'-but), which began appearing in the lake several years ago.

Green River Fisheries Supervisor Robb Keith said five fish traps have been either cut loose or stolen this year. Keith said data from the research will be critical to managing and controlling the alien species.

Officials are asking those responsible to return the gear to either the Wyoming Game and Fish Department or the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and said that no questions will be asked.

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