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Recovery History

 

Angler Nelson Higgins holds the world bull trout record. Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho in 1949. Photo courtesy Ross Hall.
Angler Nelson Higgins holds the world bull trout record. Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho in 1949. Photo courtesy Ross Hall.

 

Bull Trout Recovery

Found to be in peril by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, bull trout were listed as a threatened species throughout their range in 1999. Here is a look at previous draft recovery plans

Draft Recovery Plans

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a Revised Draft Recovery Plan for the Coterminous U.S. Population of Bull Trout on Sept. 4, 2014. The Revised Draft Recovery Plan updates the recovery criteria proposed in the 2002 and 2004 draft recovery plans to focus on effective management of threats to bull trout, and de-emphasizes achieving targeted population numbers of adult bull trout in specific areas.
The Service expects to publish a Final Recovery Plan for the Coterminous U.S. Population of Bull Trout by Sept. 30, 2015. The final bull trout recovery plan will include individual Recovery Unit Implementation Plans (RUIP) for each recovery unit. The RUIPs will be developed through collaboration of interested and knowledgeable Federal, Tribal, State, private, and other parties prior to completion of the final recovery plan.
To allow public review and comment on the draft RUIPs for each recovery unit, including the draft Implementation Schedule and total estimated recovery costs, the Service will offer an additional comment period in 2015 prior to completing the final bull trout recovery plan.

• News release
• Questions and answers
• Revised Draft Recovery Plan (2014) 
• Recovery Unit Map

    Bull trout core areas

 

Last Updated: June 3, 2015
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