The Jarbidge bull trout

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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    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.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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