Yellowstone National Park considers cutthroat trout reintroduction on Soda Butte Creek

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming — Yellowstone National Park officials are working with state game and fish agencies and others to seek public comment on a plan to remove nonnative brook trout from Soda Butte Creek in order to reintroduce genetically pure native cutthroat trout.

The park announced that it's working with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Wyoming Game & Fish Department and the U.S. Forest Service on the project.

The plan calls for removing brook trout by applying an EPA-approved fish poison to Soda Butte Creek upstream of Ice Box Canyon and then restoring native trout.

Officials say the project will restore an important fishery in upper Soda Butte Creek and protect cutthroat trout populations of the entire Lamar River watershed from future invasion by brook trout. Public comments are due by June 19.

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