No more brookies?
Fish, Wildlife and Parks has tried to remove brook trout from Soda Butte Creek by shocking the stream for the past 10 years. The creek runs past Cooke City and feeds into the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park. The Lamar is one of the largest tributaries to the upper Yellowstone River. Yellowstone National Park is all about preserving its native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, and has been working aggressively to ensure the park removes threats to the species by poisoning smaller streams as well as netting lake trout in Yellowstone Lake. On Soda Butte Creek, it initially looked like FWP’s efforts, in conjunction with the Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park, were working. But more recently brook trout have expanded their territory. So FWP has floated the idea to poison the stream to eliminate the nonnative trout. The next step will be an environmental assessment. Read more about the stream in my story on The Billings Gazette’s website at: