Here’s a story on a variety of bull trout, restricted to the remote, but not untrammeled waters of the Idaho/Nevada border.

Magic Valley Times-News. A whole lot of bull. Extensive survey tallies unusual trout. By Matt Christensen. Times-News writer

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to The Jarbidge bull trout

  1. avatar kt says:

    Hey are there any wolf-lovin’ fish biologists or fanciers who read this Blog? if so, what do you make of these numbers of fish?

    The Jarbidge bull trout DPS is isolated in the headwaters of tributaries to the Jarbidge River, and some fish may occasionally cruise downstream into portions of the Brueneau drainage – but they are essentilaly cut off from all other bull trout by the putrid waters of CJ Strike Dam and the rest of the mid-lower Snake River system.

    FWS under Bush within the past year or so declined to designate critical habitat for this species. It was first listed under the ESA when Elko County put a bulldozer in the stream to make some stupid point about RS 2477 … then its habitat in South Canyon was subjected to the grandstanding of the Jarbidge Shovel Brigade.

    Its habitats in Dave’s Creek and some other portions of the East Fork Jarbidge are still subjected to cattle grazing. Connectivity between some of the Jarbidge headwater streams is limited.

    I’ve also heard there is genetic variation even between some Jarbidge drainages.

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