Cutthroat Trout Meetings This Week
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 24, 2018
A series of public meetings will help the Wyoming Game and Fish Department determine the future of cutthroat trout restoraion in the Big Horn Basin.
Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations continue to be lost, according to Cody Regional Fisheries Supervisor Sam Hochhalter. He says without active restoration, long-term persistence of Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the Cody Region is questionable.
As a result, Game and Fish is inviting residents to attend gatherings in Worland, Cody and Lovell to share their interests, thoughts, ideas, and concerns about this topic and to discuss future restoration projects for cutthroat trout. Hochhalter says that public input is necessary to make the effort successful.
Hochhalter says this will be a very different level of public engagement than what has occurred in the past on cutthroat trout restoration projects, because Game and Fish will not be proposing specific projects and asking for public input on them. Instead, he said Game and Fish is asking the public to work with them to develop a set of specific recommendations for future cutthroat trout restoration efforts in the Absaroka, Beartooth, and Bighorn Mountains.
There will be a meeting in Worland at the Washakie County Fairgrounds tomorrow evening; in Cody on January 29th at the Park County Library, and on January 31st in Lovell at the Community Center. All meetings will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.