Game and Fish abandon cutthroat plan

After much debate and public comment the Wyoming Game and Fish department has decided no to pursue their cutthroat trout restoration project at Eagle Creek. During public meetings regarding this plan area residents expressed concern about the impact of the proposed plan which would have eliminated brook trout from Eagle Creek by the use of a chemical. For over a year, Game and Fish had been considering a treatment on a 30 mile portion of Eagle Creek this year and next year. 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.” “Our goal is to seek a balance between a strong sport fishery with plenty of opportunities for brook, brown and rainbow trout fishing and establishing enough secure populations of cutthroat trout to ensure they are around for future generations of anglers,” said Hochhalter. The location of the proposed project was approximately 45 miles west of Cody, Wyoming. The treatment area included the entire Eagle Creek watershed upstream from a barrier falls just below the Cabin Creek confluence at an elevation of 7,075 feet. The project basin had approximately 30 stream miles currently occupied by brook trout. #reboot #news