Wyoming officials plan to kill off nonnative trout in stream

Wyoming officials plan to kill off nonnative trout in stream

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Brook trout

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department plans to remove brook trout from Game Creek this summer.

JACKSON (AP) — Wyoming officials plan to poison off nonnative fish in a creek before reintroducing a native species.

Game Creek in Jackson Hole is among just a few streams in the upper Snake River watershed that have been completely overtaken by nonnative brook trout.

As early as this summer, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department plans to use a fish poison called rotenone to remove the brook trout. The process would repeated in 2021, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports.

The creek could then be stocked with cutthroat trout fingerlings and eggs.

Game Creek flows into Flat Creek and from there into the Snake River. Biologists hope cutthroat will again be able to use Game Creek to spawn.

Fish can swim between Game Creek and waters downstream ever since a highway project replaced a culvert a couple years ago.

For copyright information, check with the distributor of this item, Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide.

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