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Kara K. Pearson/Post IndependentWildlife technician Kyle Okeson plucks out a great blue heron after the bird fell into one of the raceways at the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery last week. The bird had been sitting atop a retaining wall, trying to catch fish. Once its wings are wet, it can't get out of the water. The hatchery loses an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 fish each year to herons. For more on the facility's operation, go to

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