LEVEL OF CONCERN: HIGH
Paiute Cutthroat trout have a high likelihood of extirpation in their native range within 50-100 years without continued commitment to intense monitoring and management. All populations are small and isolated, and are susceptible to hybridization and local environmental changes.
A multi-year hybrid trout removal effort on Silver King Creek and its tributaries concluded in 2015, restoring unimpeded access to over 17 km (approximately 11 mi.) of stream habitat for Paiute Cutthroat trout (PCT). Monitoring surveys in 2015 and 2016 found some individuals from refuge populations in tributaries have already re-colonized downstream areas of Silver King Creek. Drought desiccated some stream segments, while some tributary streams were subject to total freezing that reduced population numbers.
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