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Barrier limits lamprey access to Lake Ontario

Published September 28. 2013 09:00AM

Steps have been taken to limit access to Lake Ontario by sea lamprey - commonly known as the lamprey ell - by the construction of a barrier/trap on Orwell Creek, a tributary of the Salmon River, in Oswego County, N.Y.

A native to the Atlantic Ocean, this eel-like invasive species originally invaded the Great Lakes and New York's largest Finger Lakes in the 19th century via the Erie Canal.

Armed with a round mouth filled with sharp teeth, these aquatic vampires attach themselves to fish and suck out their body fluids with an adult capable of killing 40 times its weight in trout annually.

Although not all fish die from such attacks those that survive are left with unsightly scars, rendering them undesirable for table fare, photographs and wall mounts.

Since anglers spend $7 billion annually fishing the Great Lakes, authorities have been waging war on the parasites for more than 50 years.


Qualified NRA instructors will present a series of handgun seminars expressly designed for women at "Ladies Day Out," Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cabela's Hamburg.

This bi-annual event encourages women to learn the basics of the shooting sports in a comfortable and encouraging environment, and the first 100 women to attend a seminar at the store will receive a free pair shooting glasses and ear protection.

Seminars are "Introduction to Firearms," 9 a.m.; "Handgun Safety," 10 a.m.; and "Introduction to Personal Protection," 11 a.m. There is no registration required for this free event.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, new target shooters who have taken up the sport in the last five years are younger, female and urban when compared to established target shooters, or those participating for more than five years.

Currently, more than 5 million women participate in shooting sports, which represents an increase of 46.5 percent since 2001.

"Ladies Day Out is a celebration of women in the outdoors," Cabela's marketing manager Harold Luther said. "Cabela's is proud to offer women not only the gear, but also the expert knowledge to pursue their outdoor passions."


Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at by clicking the link to the program, features Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe.


A simulated hunting 3D course is open daily through Oct. 12 from dawn to dusk at Bears Head Archery, Delano, off I-81 exit 134. Sundays, the course is closed from 1-4 p.m. for trap. For information, email


A free presentation at 5 p.m. by Pennsylvania Game Commission endangered species biologist Patti Barber of the agency's new film "Bald Eagles in the Commonwealth: Conservation Success Story" is being presented at 5 p.m. today in the visitor center of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton. In addition to the film, she will give a talk about bald eagles and information is available by calling 610-756-6961 or visiting the website at


Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will meet, Thursday, Oct. 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at 633 Hancock St., McAdoo. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.

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