The Yellowstone cutthroat trout is a native species with a home basin in the heart of some of the West’s most cherished fisheries. Wyoming has taken a giant step forward to restoring these iconic gamefish. With a goal to bring back these fish to parts of the Big Horn Basin, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department hopes to create thriving populations of native trout.
From the article:
Because rainbows cross-breed and produce hybridized “cut-bow” offspring, preserving true Yellowstone cutthroat requires maintaining numerous populations that are isolated from other species. “Headwater isolation” is the agency’s preferred method of achieving the goal.
Continue reading about efforts to bring back native trout: Courtesy of the Cody Enterprise.