Cheyenne, WY – A federal judge has ordered the U-S Fish
and Wildlife Service to review a petition to add the Colorado River cutthroat trout to either the endangered or threatened species list.
The agency had denied the petition earlier, prompting the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance in Wyoming and the Center for Biological Diversity in Arizona to take the agency to court.
An attorney representing the two conservation groups says U-S
District Judge Paul Friedman of Washington found that the Fish and
Wildlife Service failed to follow its own procedures.
The judge ordered the agency to conduct a review open to public comment within nine months.
Dams, competition from nonnative species, and hybridization with rainbow trout have pushed populations of Colorado River cutthroat trout to the upper eaches of the Colorado River tributaries in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.