Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Restoring Native Trout to a Protected Creek east of Yellowstone!

CODY, WYO. — Efforts to restore native Yellowstone cutthroat trout have made headlines in recent years, with a focus on reducing invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park.

But a new front in the war against non-native trout could be developing just east of the park next year, if the Wyoming Game and Fish Department moves forward with a plan to create a safe harbor for Yellowstone cutthroats in the Shoshone National Forest.

The goal would be to create a protected Yellowstone cutthroat population upstream from a natural barrier, said Jason Burckhardt, a WGFD fisheries biologist. He outlined the plan during a March 5 public lecture at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

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