How to Conserve the Westslope Cutthroat Trout

By Beacon Staff

Conservation of westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork Flathead will be discussed at two upcoming meetings in Kalispell.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be directing the presentations. The first will be hosted by Flathead Wildlife, Inc. at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the FWP Regional Office, 490 North Meridian Road. The second meeting, hosted by Flathead Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the FWP Regional Office.

Biologists will summarize last year’s restoration project at Necklace Lakes and the post-treatment monitoring and restocking of westslope cutthroat trout that have occurred to date. Plans will also be discussed for the fall 2012 treatment of Lick Lake, which was historically stocked with nonnative Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Removal of these fish is necessary to eliminate the hybridization risk that they pose to the remaining populations of westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork Flathead drainage.

These meetings will serve as the annual report back to the public regarding the South Fork of the Flathead Westslope Cutthroat Conservation Project.

For more information, contact Matt Boyer at 751-4556 or by email, [email protected]

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