Judge halts plan to poison creek, add rare trout

RENO, Nev. (AP) – A plan to poison a stream
south of Lake Tahoe and restock it with a threatened fish species
has been struck down by a federal judge.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that U.S. District
Court Judge Frank Damrell Jr. said the proposal runs counter to
wilderness policy.

The California Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service had planned to poison an 11-mile stretch of Silver
King Creek to kill off fish and replace them with Paiute cutthroat
trout.

Opponents say the plan would destroy populations of
invertebrates and have long-term negative effects on the
environment.

Proponents said they will review the Sept. 6 ruling but are
determined to move forward with an effort they argue would take the
Paiute cutthroat off the Endangered Species List.

 

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