TOWNSHIP 8, RANGE 10 — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is working to reclaim a remote pond that is home to two rare species of fish.

Biologists say that Big Reed Pond in northern Piscataquis County is one of only 12 locations in Maine that is home to native wild Arctic char in the continental United States.

Biologists recently used chemicals to kill the fish in the pond because it was in danger of being overrun by nonnative species such as rainbow smelt and creek chub, thought to have been accidentally introduced by ice fishermen.

Once the invasive species have been eliminated, the native species will be reintroduced.

The Bangor Daily News say stocks of char and native brook trout have been raised at a private trout farm.