Project will help Colorado River cutthroat trout
VERNAL — Colorado River cutthroat trout are a fish prized across Utah. And a great place to catch them is the High Uinta Wilderness in the Uinta Mountains in the northeastern part of the state.
Unfortunately, habitat loss, coupled with cutthroats breeding with and competing with trout not native to the western United States, have caused dramatic declines in cutthroat trout populations across the West. That, in turn, has led to concerns about the species’ future. To reduce the chance that cutthroats are listed under the Endangered Species Act, biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Forest Service are planning to treat waters in the High Uintas Wilderness to remove nonnative fish. Once the nonnative fish are removed.