Numlock News: September 25, 2020 • Beaked Di…

By Walt Hickey Have a great weekend! Fishy In October 2018, two fishermen competing in a two-day largemouth bass fishing tournament in Lake Powell, Utah beat out 24 other teams to win the prize for biggest fish and came in second overall on the first day. But then tournament officials developed a hunch, noting that the fish looked different from the others pulled from the depths that day, observing a reddish color. Any sane society would just say “huh, weird fish, cool catch,” but there was $2,500 on the line and something was not right. A biologist was phoned, the men were questioned, a wildlife agency learned the men had been fishing at Quail Creek Reservoir just before the tournament, and the basic groundwork of a Coen Brothers film appeared to congeal on the shores of Lake Powell that day: something, dare I say, was fishy. The results from the University of Utah laboratory came in: based on the level of strontium in the beasts they could not have come from Lake Powell. Last month brought the thrilling conclusion, when both pleaded guilty to counts of tampering to influence a contest, unlawful release of wildlife, and captivity of protected wildlife, agreeing to

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