December 10, 2013
Only 750 Greenback Cutthroat Trout Left In the Wild
By Tim Romano
This is a bit of a plea … Alright, it's actually straight up begging, but it's for a really good reason. Colorado's state fish is the greenback cutthroat trout, and there are just 750 little guys left in the wild. They're all in one tiny creek just outside the city of Colorado Springs. Yes, you read that right - there's just 750 of the species left in the wild. This came as a surprise to many people in the last year.
It's a long and very complicated story that goes back to the turn of the 20th century and takes an interesting twist in the 1970's with a restocking program of what was thought to be actual greenbacks. Turns out through more advanced genetic testing on samples from over a century ago that the stocked fish we're actually the wrong fish. Oops… You can read much more about the entire affair at the a website called 1of750.com. A group I'm affiliated with has set it up in the past month to bring awareness, raise money, and get people involved to try and save the species.
We are running an Indiegogo Project with an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 dollars to help us fund conservation projects and community outreach and education.
I would be forever indebted to the Fly Talk nation If you wanted to get involved making a donation to our efforts or by volunteering. Heck the most helpful thing might just be by spreading the word to any friends or family that might care about this species.