THEY’RE HURTING EVERYWHERE
Yellowstone National Park has a plan, Montana has a plan, Wyoming has a plan, and now Idaho is planning a plan.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a 30-day public review period for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s management plan for Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Yellowstone cutthroat trout are one of three types of cutthroat trout in Idaho, and like their relatives the Bonneville and Westslope cutthroat trout, they have declined in abundance across the state. Yellowstone cutthroat trout are found in drainages in south-central and eastern Idaho including the South Fork Snake River which supports an important sport fishery that generates over 8 million dollars annually for local economies.
There are a number of factors affecting the health of Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations including hybridization with non-native trout, water management, and habitat degradation. The Department’s management plan describes actions that will increase the range and enhance the population health of Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Idaho. The Department will work with other agencies, private landowners, irrigators, and fish conservation organizations to improve fish habitat.
The Department is interested in your opinions on our Yellowstone cutthroat trout plan. Please provide us with your thoughts. They will be reviewed and considered before the plan is finalized and taken to our Fish and Game Commission for final approval.
For more information on the plan, as well as to make your comments, log onto the Idaho Department of Fish & Game Page.
The planned plan is available in PDF format HERE.