May 4, 2012--Drought means triage for endangered Colorado River fish (Summit Voice)

With 2012 shaping up to be at least a near-record drought year in the high country, some of the Colorado River’s endangered native fish could be facing a battle for survival, especially in key tributaries like the Yampa, in northwestern Colorado. As flows are reduced to a trickle, the Colorado pikeminnow, razorback sucker, and especiallly the humpback chub and bonytail chub, will face serious threats from competing non-native species. But they’ll get a little help from Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program biologists, who will be doing their best to remove smallmouth bass, northern pike, and in some areas, white sucker, walleye and burbot. Overall, recovery program leaders say they’ll manage the little bit water they do have based on experience from the drought in the early 2000s.

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