LEVEL OF CONCERN: HIGH
The Little Kern Golden trout is vulnerable to extinction in its native range in the next 100 years. The recovery of Little Kern Golden trout is ongoing, and the focus on reducing hybridized populations is shifting to improving genetic diversity, population connectivity and size, and expanding the species’ distribution.
Recent genetic studies indicate that remaining populations of Little Kern Golden trout are small, isolated, and susceptible to inbreeding and loss of genetic diversity. Non-native Brown trout appear to have been removed from the majority of Little Kern Golden trout native habitat, and large cascades and a barrier in the lower portion of the river block their movement upstream. Hatchery-origin Rainbow trout are no longer stocked in the Little Kern River Basin, and hybridization threats have been reduced as a result.
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