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  • Bull Trout Recovery Plan Finalized

    The Service has finalized its Bull Trout Recovery Plan, which outlines the conservation actions needed to recover bull trout. The final recovery plan was developed after more than a year of collaboration with interested and knowledgeable federal, tribal, state, private, and other parties. At the core of the plan’s strategy are six geographically specific implementation plans, which identify specific conservation actions needed to address threats such as loss of habitat connectivity and passage barriers, non-native fish competition and predation, and the effects of poor land-management practices.

    The Recovery Plan documents are available

    Frequently Asked Questions are available at

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Images and Videos

Clackamas River Success Story

You have to see this! Watch rare footage of threatened bull trout as they're reintroduced to the Clackamas River in Oregon. It's hard not to imagine yourself here in the running water and lush forest with this iconic species. 

Also, you can get high resolution photos of this iconic species.

Clackamas River video Bull trout photos

5-Year review

  • Status Review Completed

    The Fish and Wildlife Service completed it's last 5-year review of bull trout in 2008 and had two recommendations: 1) retain threatened status as currently listed; and 2) evaluate where distinct populations segments exit and merit the Endangered Species Act's protection.

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Last Updated: September 2, 2014

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  • Apex predator fights for its future in Western waters

    Bull trout are the apex predator in the cold, clear waters of the western United States. They’re legendary with anglers and hold great importance to many Native American tribes.

    There was a time when bull trout were wildly abundant in the six western states of Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho and Montana. Unfortunately, that is not the case today.

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