250 Rare Gila Trout Evacuated During Fire

Riding horses and using electroshockers, biologists gathered 250 pure strain Gila trout from South Diamond Creek in New Mexico and plan to put them in a hatchery until the danger has passed. “As a lightning-sparked fire charred thousands of acres in southwestern New Mexico, biologists and firefighters used helicopters and trucks for an unusual evacuation. They captured 250 Gila trout — a threatened species — from a creek in southwestern New Mexico and are moving them to a hatchery in the opposite corner of the state.” Article by the Associated Press.
In a related story, the Gila National Forest’s Wilderness Ranger District will close 20 miles of the the Gila River’s upper west fork while removing non-native brown and rainbow trout.

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  • I just returned from the Gila.
    The West Fork restoration project began yesterday with rotenone treatment.
    The Gila Trout Restoration Project is really an amazing story. And the Gila National Forest, containing the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wildernesses, is a global treasure.