CODY - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold a public meeting from 7-9 p.m. March 26 at the Lovell Community Center (1925 U.S. Highway 310) to discuss the proposed treatment of the upper Porcupine Creek drainage to restore native Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
Assistant Fisheries Management Coordinator Mark Smith said restoring native Yellowstone cutthroat trout to the drainage would greatly benefit the long-term survival of the species and provide anglers with larger fish to catch. “The proposed project will treat approximately 20 miles of stream on the Bighorn National Forest above Porcupine Falls,” Smith said. “Streams would be chemically treated to remove brook trout between 2013 and 2015. Our goal is to have stocked cutthroat available for anglers throughout the years of brook trout removal. To accomplish this, Game and Fish will stock catchable-sized cutthroat trout annually while brook trout removal takes place. Following the removal of all brook trout, the stream would be stocked annually with large and small Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Stocking would continue following treatment until the population showed evidence of reasonable self-sufficiency.”
Yellowstone cutthroat trout are the only trout native to the Big Horn Mountains and were known to occur in the Porcupine Creek Drainage below the falls prior to the introduction of nonnative trout in the last century. Yellowstone cutthroat trout have been identified as a species of greatest conservation need in Wyoming. Primary threats to the species are the introductions of hybridizing and competing trout species such as brook trout.
Written comments will be accepted at the public meeting. Copies of the proposed management action and restoration plan for the upper Porcupine Creek drainage will be available at the meeting or by contacting the Cody Region Game and Fish office at 307-527-7125.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone requiring additional or auxiliary aids should contact the Cody regional office at 307-527-7125 . Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.
(Contact: Cody Regional Office (307) 527-7125)