UTAH CUTTIE RESTORATION

Utah Bonneville trout eggs all grown up in Arkansas. Lance Lincoln 21″ cuttie on Norfork

Here’s a good look at what Utah is doing to preserve its multiple strains of native cutthroat and the source of Arkansas Bonneville cutthroat eggs

Cutthroat trout are the only trout species native to the Western United States; Utah is home to historically native ranges for the Yellowstone, Bonneville, Bear Lake and Colorado River cutthroat. These fish, once found in abundance throughout the Rocky Mountains, have since seen their native range dramatically reduced thanks to a combination of human development, water diversions and the introduction of nonnative fish species such as brown, brook, and rainbow trout. Cutthroat trout have faced a battle against extinction since the ’70s.

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