Washington, DC – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service has denied federal protection for the
Yellowstone cutthroat trout, for the second time in five years. A court order required the agency to reconsider its 2001 decision NOT to list the cutthroat as an endangered species. In its most recent findings, Fish and Wildlife acknowledges the cutthroat faces challenges, but says many former threats to the fish no longer exist. Environmental groups are denouncing the latest ruling, calling it another example of the Bush administration putting politics before science.