ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico and Colorado are teaming up with Native American tribes to save the Rio Grande cutthroat trout.
The groups have signed on to a 10-year plan that outlines a number of steps to boost the numbers of the native fish.
One of those steps will be maintaining a group of cutthroat for stocking and breeding.
Streams will also be surveyed and barriers built to keep non-native fish out of conservation waters.
The cutthroat has been a candidate for listing as an endangered species since 2008.
Biologists say threats facing the trout include competition for non-native fish, drought fire and climate change.