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The suckerfish, considered sacred by the Klamath Indians, quickly became the poster animal for anti-Endangered Species Act pundits.
This has been confirmed by a National Academy of Sciences report, which observed (in the words of Fox News) that the suckerfish "doesn't need as much water as previously thought.
This past year, a Bureau of Reclamation biological report affirmed that suckerfish need a certain level of water in which to live and reproduce.
These refuges are home not only to the aforementioned suckerfish, salmon, and bald eagles, but to many other species as well, including mule deer, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, numerous species of migratory birds, and one of only two populations of white pelicans in California.
In April, federal officials shut off irrigation to the Klamath Basin -- leaving 1,400 farms bone dry -- in order to provide more water for suckerfish and salmon.
The BLM cut the water flow to farmers to enforce a finding by federal biologists that the diversions posed an unacceptable risk to endangered salmon and suckerfish.