Young_lake_sturgeonBy: Marion Renault, Journal Sentinel

Older than the Great Lakes and a companion of dinosaurs, the lake sturgeon has been staging a 10-year comeback after 135 million years of existence.

In the past century, overfishing and habitat destruction practically wiped the fish from local waters.

But a variety of efforts over the past decade has served to raise both the profile and sheer number of the prehistoric fish in Milwaukee, from a September festival celebrating the release of baby sturgeon into Lake Michigan to a new hands-on educational program aimed at giving area children more exposure to the “giant panda of the Midwest.”