The Great Falls Tribune recently reported on Montana’s Westslope Cutthroat Trout Conservation Project quoting Montana Fish Wildlife and Park’s assertion that the poisoning project is “showing good results.”
“The goal of the project is to wipe out hybridized trout in the watershed by about 2017. That involves stocking pure genetic strains of the fish, which are being raised at the Washoe Park Hatchery in Anaconda,” reported the Tribune.
As an advocate for healthy rivers, streams and lakes, THI opposes stream poisonings with rotenone and other systemic chemicals. In the short film, “Dead Wrong” about such poisonings in Montana’s pristine wilderness areas, one renowned biologist calls man’s attempts to manipulate species in an ecosystem “arrogance at its zenith.”
Visit www.stopriverkilling.org to view the short film that premiered on World Water Day at Toronto’s MINT film festival.
A recent article in the newspaper the Missoulian (MT) reported that an annual stream survey of native bull trout in the Swan River drainage reveals a continued decline in reproduction, while the number of spawning trout in the North Fork Flathead Basin also fell below average. Biologists believe the likely culprits are two introduced species.
Tristan Scott in the Missoulian writes, “Lake trout were first planted in Flathead Lake a century ago, and for decades the population remained relatively small, co-existing with native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout. But in the 1980s, when mysis shrimp were introduced, the historic food web began to unravel.” Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/bull-trout-biologists-says-shrinking-numbers-in-swan-river-drainage/article_4f5b35fe-188f-11e1-8ea8-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1f1Rp1G9K
A recent poisoning disaster on Cherry Creek near Bozeman apparently hasn’t slowed Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks’ commitment to poison additional pristine waterways in the name of “native fish restoration.” The agency announced that this summer it will target seven mountain lakes and 18.5 miles of stream on the upper Boulder River in an attempt to restore native Yellowstone Cutthroat trout.
Unfortunately, the $40,000 project will eliminate more than targeted Rainbow trout and Rainbow hybrids. Non-target native fish, amphibians and insects will be wiped out during these poisonings as well. Research has shown that some species never return. Public comment is being taken until June 20, 2011.
Read the draft EA: http://fwpiis.mt.gov/content/getItem.aspx?id=50506
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