By Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

GOLD RIVER, Calif. (AP) - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife say it is working to keep hundreds of thousands of trout alive at the American River Hatchery after warm water temperatures killed about 155,000 trout.

The department said Wednesday a chiller that cools water at the hatchery about 18 miles east of Sacramento unexpectedly failed Tuesday, and warm temperatures killed most of the Eagle Lake species of trout being raised there. Why the hatchery equipment failed is under investigation.

It says trout require cold water to survive and hatchery staff is working to get a least one chiller working again to help the remaining 335,000 trout.

The department says the unexpected die-off could mean it will not be able to stock streams and lakes at an ideal level in the Sacramento region next year.

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