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Fish Or Cut Explosives

Fish and Game officials crisscrossed an acre of a scenic Sierra Nevada lake with explosive cord today, then blew it up.

They´re seeing how effectively the explosives kill invasive northern pike that are feeding on Lake Davis´ trout. It´s the latest attempt in a multi-million dollar campaign to control the pike before they escape into California rivers.

They plan to lay more explosives the next two years over areas as large as 10 acres.

The state tried poisoning the lake in 1997 – leading to an outcry from local residents. This time, local residents had a picnic and helped push the detonator button.