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Trout killed when water supply cut off at north Georgia hatchery

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SUCHES, GA (CBS46/AP) -

The U.S. Fire and Wildlife Services says an estimated 51,000 rainbow trout being raised at a hatchery in Georgia were killed when the main water supply had been cut off.

News outlets report the fish being raised at the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery in Suches were killed Monday. The area is about 75 miles north of Atlanta.

Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby says employees noticed the valve had been turned off and that the fish died. Investigators say the fish were estimated at $62,000.

Dan Chapman with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the dead fish were only a fraction of those at the hatchery. Chapman says a tree branch got stuck in the water supply gate, allowing some water to continue flowing through.

An investigation is ongoing, but authorities say there are no leads. The hatchery, which was built in 1937, produces 1 million trout annually.

A $1,500 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction.

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