One Year After Massive Wildfire, Surviving Cutthroat Rescued From Hayden Creek
Inside CPW’s Roaring Judy Hatchery, staff is working to save and breed 158 unique cutthroat trout rescued from Hayden Creek during last year’s devastating Hayden Pass wildfire, southwest of Cañon City. Today they may be the last survivors because no fish were found in an initial survey of the South Prong of Hayden Creek in the aftermath of the wildfire and subsequent flooding.
The coordination that occurred between the USFS staff and CPW to rescue these fish from the wild during an active fire was truly amazing,” said Josh Nehring, CPW senior aquatic biologist.
Read more about the joint CPW and USFWS efforts to rescue and restore the unique Hayden Creek cutthroat trout.
Conservation. Preservation. Recreation.
Fisheries management predates all other wildlife management activities in Colorado. The first Colorado wildlife law passed in 1861, and it addressed overfishing: “It is unlawful to take trout by seine, net, basket or trap.” The first wildlife official in Colorado was Colonel Wilson E. Sisty, who became the State Fish Commissioner in 1877.
Fish Hatchery Technicians are responsible for the aquaculture of 56 separate strains of fish, and raise and stock over 90 million fish every year. Hatchery employees contribute to the preservation of threatened and endangered species such as boreal toads and pike minnows.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife also has an Aquatic Research Section that conducts scientific investigations to develop the necessary knowledge, techniques, and procedures to effectively manage Colorado's aquatic wildlife.
CPW has various educational materials available. Using sound, video, text, logic, and computer skills, the Fish Hatchery Game portrays some of the work of a 'typical' CPW fish hatchery. Working through the game, middle and high school educators and students are presented interesting (and often challenging) math and biology concepts in a meaningful, relevant and fun way.