Bull Trout Decline Presents Stark Choices in a Changing Climate

Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Over the past two decades, there has been a near-constant struggle to protect bull trout, which were added to the endangered-species list in 1998 after six years of pressure from conservation groups. Today, the effects of climate change exacerbate the perils already facing threatened animals, and resources for protection are limited. The bull trout now serves as an early example of a new reality: The people charged with protecting what remains must make difficult decisions about what can be saved and what will be sacrificed.

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