Exotic Fish Removal in Upper Gibbon River | Big Horn Basin Media

Exotic Fish Removal in Upper Gibbon River

Written by on September 3, 2019

Yellowstone National Park biologists yesterday released toxins into a river to remove exotic fish.

The poisons were discharged into the upper Gibbon River drainage. Park officials say the project targets rainbow trout and brook trout native to the Yellowstone River watershed, but not to the upper Gibbon ecosystem.

The region is expected to remain closed until Sept. 13.

Park officials say about 110 miles of stream and seeps could be poisoned, and the treatment could be repeated in 2020 to ensure the fish are wiped out. Officials say this step would enable the reintroduction of west slope cutthroat trout and Arctic grayling, which is planned for 2020 or 2021.

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