LEVEL OF CONCERN: CRITICAL
McCloud River Redband trout populations are very small, fragmented, and exist in limited and isolated habitat. Their status could change rapidly, particularly in relation to predicted climate change impacts such as reduced snowpack and precipitation increasingly falling as rain instead of snow.
The recent drought has caused many McCloud River Redband trout streams to dry, causing CDFW to rescue hundreds of fish and bring them into the Mount Shasta Hatchery during 2013. These last resort rescue efforts greatly reduced mortality in the remaining population. These fish were reared, spawned, and then released back into their native habitat in September 2016 after average precipitation returned to the McCloud River Basin.
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