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  • Wednesday, May 10, 2006

    YELLOWSTONE KILLING RARE FISH

    Yellowstone Cutthroats Sacrificed For Westslope Variety
    this all started with imported fish



    -- The National Park Service is going to poisen a small population of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout in Specimen Creek and introduce West Slope Cutthroats into the stream.
    -- This action is being taken because Todd Koel, (Yellowstone's fisheries manager,) believes that: "We need to work proactively to restore westslope cutthroat to Yellowstone." He outlined his position to Scott McMillion in a Bozeman Daily Chronicle article on May, 09, 2006.
    -- Interestingly, this is the same justification that Yellowstone fisheries "experts" used for hatcheries in the park, introduction of von Behr Brown Trout into Yellowstone waters, introduction of McCloud River Rainbows into park waters, introduction of Loch Leaven Brown Trout into the park.
    -- These "experts" need to take a close look at just what they are doing. If it is justifiable to remove a native species from it's home range for any reason - then why is it not justifiable to remove introduced species and replace them with natives?
    -- Let's start with the Firehole River. The falls are a natural barrier and there were no fish above the falls before Yellowstone "experts" planted them there! Poisen the Firehole, get rid of the mud snails, introduce some westslope cutthroat and close it to fishing for 10 years!
    -- The so-called "environmentally sensitive" fly fishers would never stand for it. The so-called "environmentally sensitive" fly shops would never stand for it. Their true colors would show up instantly. They would rather catch foreign fish than restore and preserve native fish.
    -- Don't let Yellowstone "experts" fool you - they don't have the courage of their convictions any more than do the commercial purveyors of feathers and fluff. Money is more important to the merchants, and entertainment is more important to the fisher's, than are the native trout.

    Read More:
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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