Fisheries biologists with the Department of Game and Fish and the Santa Fe National Forest removed 49 Rio Grande cutthroat trout from a small creek threatened by the Tres Lagunas wildfire this week, ensuring the pure strain of native fish will survive if the fire threatens its watershed.
A crew of 10 hiked two miles up Macho Creek, about three miles southwest of Terrero, and used electroshocking equipment to stun and net the trout. The 5- to 10-inch fish were then taken to the Department of Game and Fish Seven Springs Hatchery near Fenton Lake for safekeeping. The fish will be returned to Macho Creek if it is spared by the fire.
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