Wyoming's Mystery Lake to remain free of fish
Published 3:10 pm, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials have abandoned plans to restock a small, naturally fishless lake in hopes of protecting amphibians.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/2dnYUO0 ) that Mystery Lake was dosed with the fish poison rotenone this summer. Wyoming officials initially proposed restocking the lake with native Snake River cutthroat trout but decided against that plan.
Game and Fish Regional Fisheries Supervisor Rob Gipson says the department accomplished its main goal of removing the exotic rainbow trout.
Comments from wilderness advocates appear to have played a role in changing the department's plan. Wilderness Watch, the Wyoming Wilderness Association and conservation biologist Debra Patla told officials that keeping the lake fishless could help populations of Columbia spotted and boreal chorus frogs.
Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com