First efforts to revive populations of Colorado’s state fish seemed fruitless. Then the greenback cutthroat trout surprised everyone — again.
Credit: Jesse Paul, Colorado Sun
HERMAN GULCH — It has been a long road — or river — to recovery for Colorado’s state fish, the greenback cutthroat trout.
First, the species was considered extinct. Then it was rediscovered, reproduced and reintroduced to waterways across the state for decades, only for scientists to learn through genetic testing in 2012 that they actually had planted the wrong fish.
Then, the greenbacks were found again — for real this time — in a stream on Pikes Peak. Scientists, using more-sophisticated genetic testing, confirmed the population. They believe the fish had been inadvertently preserved by a hotel owner who stocked beaver ponds on his property with the darting creatures in the 1880s.
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