Wyo Game and Fish proposes brook trout kill off on Eagle Creek

(Cody, Wyo.)- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold a public meeting from 6-7 p.m. February 8 at the Park County Library in Cody to discuss a proposed intervention in Eagle Creek as an effort to restore the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Cody Region Fisheries Biologist Jason Burckhardt said restoring native Yellowstone cutthroat trout to the drainage will help ensure the long-term survival of the species and once established, will provide anglers with a quality fishing. Burckhardt also states that “Isolation of Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations from the invasion of nonnative trout is necessary to maintain this species over the long term. Eagle Creek is an ideal location because it has ample habitat above a natural waterfall barrier that will prevent the invasion of nonnative trout.” The Shoshone National Forest and Wyoming Game and Fish are proposing to use the chemical rotenone to kill off the existing brook trout in Eagle Creek. Chemical application will occur above a waterfall barrier approximately eight miles upstream from the confluence with the North Fork Shoshone River. Wyoming Game and Fish have stated that detoxification of the stream will occur immediately below the treatment reach to ensure no rotenone reaches the North Fork Shoshone River. After the proposed culling and detoxification of Eagle Creek, Yellowstone cutthroat trout will be stocked in the drainage after all the culled brook trout have been removed. #reboot #news