Artificial insemination. Poisoned lakes. Decapitated cutthroats. It's all part of a paradoxical plan to save the state fish.
by Matthew Frank
Biologists at the Washoe Park Trout Hatchery in Anaconda often use words like “pure” and “wild” to describe their work. The words seem out of place, considering there’s nothing wild about their work with artificial insemination. The same has been said of Fish, Wildlife and Park’s larger restoration effort, known as the Westslope Cutthroat Trout Conservation Project, which involves poisoning lakes to kill hybrid trout and replacing them with “wild” fish from Washoe Park. But this level of human intervention is required, the state decided, to save the species
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