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Biologists say transmitter-equipped fish will help Cook County Forest Preserves improve lake habitat
Six fish newly equipped with tracking chips will help forest preserves staff study lake habitat

Thursday, May 07, 2015
Chicago Tribune
by Lauren Zumbach

Caption
Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune
Brookfield Zoo veterinarian Jimmy Johnson, lifts up a walleye to take it to the recovery tank after he implanted a radio transmitter chips into the fish to aid in their study of migration habitat usage, Thursday, May 7, 2015 in Orland Park. Johnson is a Brookfield Zoo vet. At right is fellow zoo vet Jennifer Langam. Staff from the Brookfield Zoo and the Cook County Forest Preserve participated in the procedures at the McGinnis Field Station. The fish were wide-mouth bass, muskie and walleye. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune)
Brookfield Zoo veterinarian Jimmy Johnson, lifts up a walleye to take it to the recovery tank after he implanted a radio transmitter chips into the fish to aid in their study of migration habitat usage, Thursday, May 7, 2015 in Orland Park. Johnson is a Brookfield Zoo vet. At right is fellow zoo vet Jennifer Langam. Staff from the Brookfield Zoo and the Cook County Forest Preserve participated in the procedures at the McGinnis Field Station. The fish were wide-mouth bass, muskie and walleye. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune) (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune)

 

Jimmy Johnson stood with a scalpel poised above the square of his patient's belly exposed under surgical drapes. An assistant, monitoring respiration and heart rate, deemed vital signs "fast but good."

As Johnson made a 2-centimeter incision, more anesthetic was delivered ó not via IV or gas, but an oversized syringe squirting drug-laced water onto the patient's gills.


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