In this week’s episode of Video of the Week, we catch up with MeatEater’s Ryan Callaghan in his new series Cal in the Field. From last week’s video on the Conservation of Grizzly Bear in the Great Yellowstone Region to this week’s focus on the conservation efforts on the South Fork of the Snake in Idaho. He Joins Idaho Fish and Game as they tag Rainbow and Cutthroat trout as an effort to give the native Yellowstone Cutthroat an advantage in the overall biomass of the Snake River.
Yellowstone and Snake River fine spotted Cutthroat are the native species in the Snake River drainage. The introduction of rainbow trout in the ’50s saw a huge decrease in the native cutthroat population. After reaching out to the public to see what fishermen would like to see in their river, Idaho fish and game determined that the public wanted native fish. So in the efforts of conservation Idaho fish and game started implementing a tagging program for rainbow and cut bow trout. So in the words of Cal, “its conservation that you can eat.”
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