Return of the native Colorado River cutthroat trout

Thanks to an ambitious project to restore 23-plus miles of Hermosa Creek, the upper reaches of Hermosa Creek, north of Durango, will soon have the largest continuous stretch of native Colorado River cutthroat trout in the state.

The effort to restore Colorado River cutthroat trout in Hermosa Creek dates back to the early 1990s when wildlife managers used a natural waterfall on the creek’s east fork as a protective barrier.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife cleared out non-native species of trout – specifically brook, brown and rainbows – using a short-lived, organic poison known as rotenone. And in their place, it released Colorado River cutthroat trout, giving the waterway to the native fish for the first time in probably 100 years.

“In Colorado, we’ve got a religion that we need to bring back the natives,” said Buck Skillen, a member of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. “And this is a big deal.”

LINK (via: Durango Herald)

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