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Ask the Fish & Wildlife Service for a Better Bull Trout Plan

On September 3, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a revised draft recovery plan for the U.S. population of Bull Trout, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act within the lower 48 United States. As Montanans we are lucky to have resident populations of Bull Trout in our cold, clean waters and want to see a sustained and healthy population well into the future.

Unfortunately, the recently released draft recovery plan raises some questions about the agency’s strategy to protect Bull Trout and achieve sustainable population numbers. The primary problems with the revised recovery strategy include:

• a de-emphasis on achieving target population numbers of adult Bull Trout, and implementing a management focus on population threats instead; and
• setting an arbitrary allowable population loss of 25%

The USFWS is encouraging the public to review the draft recovery plan and send all comments to fw1bulltroutrecoveryplan@fws.gov by December 3, 2014.

In your comments, please encourage the service to come up with a strong plan for Bull Trout recovery, stick to the science and set real population targets. Let’s also ask the service not to arbitrarily write off 25% of our existing bull trout population across the board, with no rationale or regional specificity.

Click HERE to read the full plan.

Frequently asked questions and answers about recovery planning can be found HERE.

Email your comments to fw1bulltroutrecoveryplan@fws.gov.

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