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10-year-old Arkansas boy has a line on official state fish

He reels in support for alligator gar

By Bill Bowden

This article was originally published January 14, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated January 15, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

At an aquarium in Springfield, Mo., Henry Foster points to an alligator gar, a species he’d like to see exalted in Arkansas.



A map showing the alligator gar range.

A 10-year-old Fayetteville boy has been lobbying for an Arkansas state fish.



A map showing the alligator gar range.

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95Dakota says... January 14, 2018 at 5:50 a.m.

Yessir, that's an idea you can sink your teeth into. They're magnificent fish. And the boy's right. If you're going to have a state fish, pick something unique and interesting.

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95Dakota says... January 14, 2018 at 5:51 a.m.

Great picture, by the way.

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KnuckleBall says... January 14, 2018 at 2:48 p.m.

I for one think it is a great idea....

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NoUserName says... January 14, 2018 at 7:07 p.m.

I get not being boring like other states, but Arkansas is like the #1 domestic catfish producer. It really SHOULD be catfish.

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Packman says... January 14, 2018 at 7:48 p.m.

Terrible idea. This particular fish is found in about 1% of the state's waters according the fish and game dept. Better idea to pick a more common species, like a bluegill. They are found throughout the state, extremely colorful, and great table fare.

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Delta2 says... January 14, 2018 at 9:24 p.m.

Like the Razorback, leave it to Arkansas to pick something that would make it the object of national ridicule, just to be unique.

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Popsmith says... January 15, 2018 at 9:42 a.m.

We really need an official state fish.

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95Dakota says... January 15, 2018 at 5:17 p.m.

Bluegill's not a bad idea, either. Arkansas is one of the biggest catfish FARMING states, yes. I like catfish, but I like chicken, too, and I don't want it for the state bird.

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