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Northern Pike

In North America, northern pike are found across much of the continent, from Alaska and Canada to the northern United States. They are a popular game fish species and are highly sought after by anglers for their fighting ability and sport value.

Northern pike are typically found in freshwater environments with vegetation, such as shallow lakes, rivers, and weedy backwaters. They are adaptable and can thrive in a range of water temperatures and conditions.

In addition to their importance as a game fish, northern pike also play an important ecological role in their ecosystems. As apex predators, they help regulate the populations of smaller fish species and contribute to the overall health and balance of freshwater ecosystems.

However, northern pike can also have negative impacts on ecosystems where they have been introduced outside of their native range. They are aggressive and can outcompete and prey upon native fish species, leading to declines in biodiversity and ecosystem health. As a result, responsible management and conservation efforts are important to ensure the sustainable use and protection of northern pike populations in North America. 

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