The attempted elimination of lake trout comes after several failed efforts to isolate and preserve cutthroat trout from predatory non-native fish species. Even the experts are unsure about how effective the eradication will be, or if there will be any unforeseen consequences of removing lake trout from the ecosystem.
“We may think we know what we’re doing, but the outcomes are going to be unpredictable no matter what,” said Anders Halverson, an aquatic ecologist.
Yellowstone is encouraging anglers to catch and eat as many lake trout as they want in order to help with the eradication effort. Cutthroats are strictly catch-and-release only. Even with unlimited fishing, much of the trout will surely go to waste as the fish are killed in the water. Selling trout fillets in the remote area would be logistically difficult.
Tracking buoys that read the implants embedded in the trout will be deployed later this week — and then the massacre will begin.
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