Conservation teams typically sue towards developments like mines, roads, or condos. I don’t recall a conservation group suing as a result of fisheries managers wish to add extra wild, native fish to the panorama. However that’s what’s occurred over in Yellowstone. Per an awesome story by Chris Hunt over in Hatch Journal, Wilderness Watch is suing Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (MFWP) over MFWP’s plan to introduce Yellowstone cutthroat in Buffalo Creek.
Buffalo Creek is a tributary of Slough Creek, which is without doubt one of the most well-known cutthroat trout rivers on this planet. Buffalo Creek runs by way of each the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and Yellowstone Nationwide Park.
Wilderness Watch, nonetheless, posits that since Buffalo Creek was traditionally fishless above a waterfall that acts as a pure barrier, MFWP shouldn’t plant cutthroat above that waterfall.
Wilderness Watch is out of line right here, as they should perceive we’re operating out of chilly water habitat throughout the West. Any alternative to shore up populations of genetically pure wild and native trout is one we must always take.
You’ll be able to learn the remainder of this story – together with Hunt’s nuanced take – right here.