alligator gar http://wuis.org en Prehistoric Fish Gets Second Chance In Illinois http://wuis.org/post/prehistoric-fish-gets-second-chance-illinois <p>A fearsome fish whose roots date back 120 million years is getting a second chance in Illinois waterways. &nbsp;<br />The alligator gar had been found as far north as Beardstown within the past century. But the last known catch was in 1966 in Cairo and Illinois officials declared in 1994 that it no longer swam state rivers. &nbsp;<br />The (Springfield) State Journal Register reports Sunday that&#39;s changed in recent years with efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the predator that has inhabited the Mississippi River for three million years. &nbsp; Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:14:42 +0000 Associated Press 9981 at http://wuis.org Prehistoric Fish Gets Second Chance In Illinois