Trout species thought to be extinct found alive in Southwest Colorado

Photo: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A native species of trout thought to be extinct was found alive and well recently in Southwest Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced the discovery of a “unique genetic lineage” of the Colorado River cutthroat trout Tuesday, saying that genetic testing of the fish’s DNA was confirmed earlier this year.

The fish were found in eight small populations, CPW said, in streams of the San Juan River basin within the San Juan National Forest and on private property, surviving in isolated habitats and naturally reproducing.

To protect the fish, CPW is not releasing where in the San Juan River basin the cutthroat were found.

LINK (via: The Journal)

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