For decades, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and its partners have worked to restore Wyoming’s four native cutthroat trout species.
The Cody region is home to one of the species, the Yellowstone cutthroat trout. In the past, there have been efforts to put Yellowstone cutthroat trout on the federal endangered species list. To prevent that and to further conserve these trout as a sport fish, Game and Fish is seeking to engage with the public on strategies.
For over a year, Game and Fish had been considering a two year treatment on a 30 mile portion of Eagle Creek. The project would remove non-native brook trout and native Yellowstone cutthroat trout would be introduced.
That treatment will not happen this year and Game and Fish wants to discuss with the public if that or other project locations are the best places to restore Yellowstone cutthroats in the Cody region.
“While we heard substantial public support to proceed with the Eagle Creek project this year, we also heard that there are concerns. Clearly we need to talk more about why cutthroat trout restoration is needed and to receive public input on where best to do that,” said Sam Hochhalter, the Cody region fisheries supervisor. “This is the public’s resource and we want help charting a course for where to conserve Yellowstone cutthroat trout.”
source: Wyoming Game and Fish Department