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By Gary Bogue
Thursday, September 6th, 2007 at 7:54 am in Fish.

Biologists trying to save an endangered trout used the wrong fish
(These are excerpts from a story by Associated Press writer Judith Kohler)
DENVER — A 20-year government effort to restore the population of an endangered native trout in Colorado has made little progress because biologists have been stocking some of the waterways with the wrong fish, a new study says. (OOPS!)

The recovery effort by Colorado and federal biologists was thought to be close to its goal of 20 self-sustaining populations of at least 500 fish each. Bruce Rosenlund of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Denver said federal and state agencies working on restoration believed the fish were found in 142 miles of waterways … Researchers, though, said that based on genetic test results, the greenback cutthroat trout’s range is only … 11 miles of streams. (OOPS!)

The study said the results imply that the effort has “failed to improve the species’ status.” (YA THINK?)

In 1998, officials projected it would cost $634,000 to bring the greenback to recovery … it wasn’t clear how much of that has been spent to stock the rivers with the wrong fish.

The best part of this? It only took them 20 years to figure all this out.

Oh, well, at least they were stocking the rivers and streams with real fish … uh … weren’t they?

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