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Poisoning a Sierra stream to save the world's rarest trout

from Los Angeles Times

California fisheries biologist Dave Lentz poured poison into a remote High Sierra stream and watched quietly as every rainbow and golden trout in the water turned belly up. After the rotenone spread along 11 miles of Silver King Creek, other biologists poured in a neutralizing agent, making the river again habitable — and a suitable home for the rarest trout in the world, the Paiute cutthroat trout. The plan to restore the Paiute trout had been held up in federal court for more than a decade by opponents who believe that poisoning a stream is about the worst thing that could happen in a designated wilderness. more


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