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Shawn Simon, 9, of DePere watches sturgeon spawning on an afternoon in 2000 in the Wolf River at Shiocton. / File photo

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NEW LONDON The state Department of Natural Resources says the sturgeon spawning season appears to have begun on the Wolf River the earliest by far on record.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday DNR workers saw groups of sturgeon along the Sturgeon Trail on the Waupaca County X spawning site west of New London that looked like they would begin spawning overnight.

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With the early start, the DNR is looking for volunteers to help guard the river against poachers.

To volunteer, go to http://dnr.wi.gov and search for "sturgeon guard" or call the sturgeon guard hotline at 920-303-5444.

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