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

He reels in support for alligator gar


Photographs by Special to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

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


A map showing the alligator gar range. + Enlarge

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95Dakota says...

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.

Posted 14 January 2018, 5:50 a.m. Suggest removal

95Dakota says...

Great picture, by the way.

Posted 14 January 2018, 5:51 a.m. Suggest removal

KnuckleBall says...

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

Posted 14 January 2018, 2:48 p.m. Suggest removal

NoUserName says...

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

Posted 14 January 2018, 7:07 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

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.

Posted 14 January 2018, 7:48 p.m. Suggest removal

Delta2 says...

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

Posted 14 January 2018, 9:24 p.m. Suggest removal

Popsmith says...

We really need an official state fish.

Posted 15 January 2018, 9:42 a.m. Suggest removal

95Dakota says...

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.

Posted 15 January 2018, 5:17 p.m. Suggest removal

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