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By Mark Davis
Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange 

'Fish geeks' battle invasive species


June 2, 2022

Mark Davis, Powell Tribune

Yellowstone fisheries biologists (from right) Phil Doepke, Pat Bigelow and Ben Brogie work to remove lake trout from gill nets while removing the invasive species from Yellowstone Lake.

POWELL - Native fish populations in Yellowstone Lake have been jeopardized since fisheries biologists found lake trout illegally introduced in 1994. 

The process of removing the invasive species has cost tens of millions, while labor-intensive methods have evolved. As the park makes headway mitigating the effects of lake trout, two more species have recently caused concern in the fight to protect Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. 

Tuesday evening, the East Yellowstone chapter of Trout Unlimited invited Yellowstone fisheries biologist Phil Doepke to speak to the group during a public meeting at...

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