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Gila Trout Protected by New Mexico

Barriers Should Keep Invasive Interlopers out of Gila’s Native Habitat

Gila Trout by Debbie Kay

In a move to protect a stretch of Willow Creek along the Gila Wilderness, the US Forest Service is moving forward with construction of a fish passage barrier during the spring of 2016.  These barriers are designed to keep invasive fish, often hatchery-bred rainbows, from taking over the habitat. Also protect  threatened Gila trout from interbreeding them out of existence.  The project, funded by a combination of state and federal grants, is one of many barriers that have been constructed throughout the American West.  Also to protect unique trout species with limited range. Continue reading Gila Trout Protected by New Mexico

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