Climate change creates cutthroat casualties
The wild and native trout populations in the San Juan and Dolores Basins of southwest Colorado have a high conservation value to Trout Unlimited. Sadly, the Colorado River cutthroats currently occupy just 15 percent of their historic habitat. Barriers, habitat degradation, and the introduction of non-native species have decimated their numbers. This is even more alarming because these populations are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and habitat alteration due to their isolated location. The Colorado River cutthroat is especially important for its genetic diversity. TU is committed to the conservation of this wild trout population.