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Alligator Gar making a comeback in the Bootheel

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The Alligator Gar is making a comeback in the Bootheel.

The Missouri Department Of Conservation is restocking the fish in seven conservation areas near the St. Francis and Mississippi Rivers.

About 360 fish have been stocked or about one per acre.

While the Alligator Gar isn't the most popular among fisherman, conservationist say its reintroduction will help other species in the water.

"Any improvements we make to Alligator Gar habitat will ultimately have an impact on our sport fish population and will improve their habitat," Salvador Mondragon, Missouri Department of Conservation. "It will also improve the habitat for other swamp-endemic species."

The Alligator Gar is one of the largest freshwater fish in North America and has a life span of up to 50 years.

The conservation department says it may restock the fish on a yearly basis.

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