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Still No Federal Protection for Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has again decided the Yellowstone cutthroat trout does not merit status as a threatened or endangered species.

The service says although the trout's numbers have substantially declined there are still stable and viable populations around the West.

The trout are found in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Nevada. This is the third time in six years that the service has declined to list the trout.

Environmentalists say a listing would have provided some federal money and incentives to try to boost populations rather than just support existing ones.

Yellowstone National Park has been considered the biggest stronghold for the cutthroat. However, Yellowstone cutthroat populations have declined dramatically in the park because of predation by non-native lake trout, whirling disease and drought.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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