CODY - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department seeks public comment on the proposed treatment of the upper Porcupine Creek drainage to restore native Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
Cody Region Fisheries Biologist Sam Hochhalter said Game and Fish is currently accepting written comments on the proposed project. “This project would greatly benefit the long-term survival of Yellowstone cutthroat trout and provide anglers with larger fish to catch,” Hochhalter said.
“The proposed project will treat approximately 20 miles of stream on the Bighorn National Forest above Porcupine Falls,” Hochhalter said. “Streams would be chemically treated to remove a stunted brook trout population between 2013 and 2015. Catchable-sized cutthroat trout would be stocked annually while brook trout removal takes place and 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 below the falls in the Porcupine Creek Drainage 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 include the introduction of hybridizing and competing trout species such as brook trout.
Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Email comments to email@example.com mail them to: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Attn: Fisheries Management, 2820 Highway 120, Cody, WY 82414. A detailed description of the proposed management action and restoration plan for the upper Porcupine Creek drainage is available online at wgfd.wyo.gov (click on “News”, then “Game & Fish Regional News”).
(Contact: Sam Hochhalter (307) 527-7125)