In the winter 2013 issue, Fish & Wildlife News told the story of a team of Service employees and dedicated partners who went into a burn zone to rescue threatened and endangered fish as a lightning-caused wildfire bore down on them.
In October, the Service conducted the first reintroduction of Whiskey Creek Gila trout into the Gila Wilderness, from progeny of the rescued fish.
Nearly 350 Gil trout were rescued from ash and sediment forming in Langstroth and Whiskey creeks. The Gila trout were sent to the Mora National Fish Hatchery, the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. Other rescued fish, including the endangered spikedace and loach minnow, went to Dexter National Fish Hatchery.
The Gila trout facilities were specially designed to mimic the natural habitat of the species as closely as possible, which allowed the species to thrive in the hatchery environment. Watch the video to see!
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