Species Removal & Relocation
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposes to introduce westslope cutthroat trout to a fishless reach of Twelvemile Creek, a tributary to Deep Creek in the Big Hole River Drainage. Non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout are present in Twelvemile Creek, the last non-hybridized population in the Deep Creek drainage. The cutthroat population is low and declining due to competition from non-native brook trout. Approximately three miles of fishless habitat is present in Twelvemile Creek upstream of a cascade fish barrier. FWP proposes to capture the cutthroat trout in Twelvemile Creek using electrofishing and transporting the fish upstream of the barrier with the hope of conserving this population before it is extirpated.