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Wed July 23, 2008
Trout Warming Up
Cheyenne, Wy – A new report says that trout in Wyoming could be in trouble as global climate change makes some rivers too hot.
The report was produced by biologists and trout advocacy groups in the West. It says the Upper North Platte and Upper Green River will likely be affected by higher water temperatures that kill trout. Scott Yates of Trout Unlimited-"
We need to protect large populations that inhabit well-connected stream habitats. That's really key is for trout is to be able to access habitat if there are temperature issues at lower elevation, to be able to move within these steam systems to access good habitat in better temperatures, where these fish can survive."
To connect those streams, Yates says he will increase his work with farmers, ranchers and other landowners. He hopes some can restore streams that have been diverted for other uses.