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10.11.06

Moving Trout

I'm not quite sure what to think about this, but it's an interesting story:

Montana trout moved because of wildfire

About 1,000 Yellowstone cutthroat trout, feared in jeopardy from the aftereffects of a major Montana wildfire, are being captured and moved temporarily to streams not threatened by fire damage.

The cutthroat could vanish from two Yellowstone River tributaries at risk from last summer's Derby Mountain fire, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said. It anticipates that melting snow, rushing down slopes denuded by fire, will carry too much ash and soil into the streams next spring, perhaps smothering cutthroat, clogging gravel where they spawn and reducing the flies and aquatic insects they eat.

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