The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is considering a proposal by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) to poison 67 miles of streams and three small lakes in the North Fork Blackfoot watershed in the Scapegoat Wilderness, part of the famed Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Please speak up by the March 12 deadline.
The State’s goal is to kill the fish they’ve been stocking in these headwater streams for several decades and replace them with westslope cutthroat trout, a species they deem to be more attractive to anglers. The plan involves massive amounts of helicopter and motorized equipment use, in addition to spreading hundreds of gallons of the poison rotenone.
Wilderness Watch has three major concerns with the State’s plan.
Speak up for the wild Scapegoat Wilderness and all of its native critters. Comments are due March 12, 2021. Please consider using your own words in our comment form or sharing a personal experience there.
Urge the Forest Service to say NO to Montana’s proposal to invade the Scapegoat with helicopters, motorboats, and poisons. The appropriate response to the presence of introduced fish in these waters is to let nature take its course as the Wilderness Act prescribes. If efforts are made to remove the fish, it must be done without motors and poisons. Under no conditions should other fish be stocked in the area.
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