Starting this Tuesday, 80 biologists from the Salvelinus Confluentus Curiosity Society will take over the East Fork of the Bitterroot and begin their bull trout research. The Society began meeting in 1989 and has had a meeting each year in a different location since. The biologists will dress up in wet suits and use electrofish shock methods to capture fish, data and DNA from the river. They will try and sample five tributaries for bull trout and use snorkel gear to get close up with the species. The DNA samples will be sent to the Missoula lab where it can be determined if there is bull trout and/or westslope cutthroat located in the different sample areas.
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