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Rainbow trout would be poisoned in Fourmile and Rainbow creeks in order to restock the streams with native Yellowstone cutthroat trout under a proposal from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The two creeks feed the Boulder River, south of Big Timber.

At the streams’ headwaters, FWP would gillnet rainbow trout in six of the seven Rainbow Lakes and Mirror Lake, which are located in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

Mirror Lake and Rainbow Lakes are located atop the Lake Plateau east of the Boulder River. Fourmile Creek drains from Silver Lake, which FWP has already netted to remove rainbow trout.

Both the lakes and the streams would be restocked with Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

The projects would take place over several years. Netting would likely begin in the summer of 2011, and conclude in 2012 or 2013. Rotenone treatment would begin in the summer of 2012 or 2013.

Comments on the projects will be included in an environmental assessment before its formal release. Comments should be submitted by May 6. The formal environmental assessment will be available for public review during a 30-day comment period in late May or early June.

Send comments to Jeremiah Wood, regional fisheries biologist, at: Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 27, Fishtail, MT 59028. For more information, phone 328-4594 or email jrwood@mt.gov.

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