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South Fork Cutthroat Conservation Project To Be Discussed At May 27 Meeting

Monday, May 17, 2010

Fish & Wildlife - Region 1

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will conduct a public informational meeting on the Westslope Cutthroat Trout Conservation Project on Thursday, May 27, 7-9 p.m. at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Office on North Meridian Road in Kalispell. The purpose of the Westslope Cutthroat Trout Conservation Project is to conserve native westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork of the Flathead River, which is the major stronghold for westslope cutthroat trout in Montana.  The public meeting begins at 7 p.m. with an informational presentation followed by time for questions and discussion.

Biologists will summarize the successful 2009 treatments of Margaret and Clayton lakes and the post-treatment monitoring and restocking that have occurred to date. Plans will also be discussed for the fall 2010 treatment of Wildcat Lake, which was historically stocked with nonnative rainbow and 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.

For more information on these projects please contact Matt Boyer at (406) 751-4556 or by e-mail. Additional information can also be found on the project website: http://fwp.mt.gov/regions/r1/wctproject/default.html