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July 20, 2006

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Breaking News: Gila Trout Downlisted: New status should allow first fishing opportunities in 40 years

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to downlist the Gila trout from endangered to threatened, effective August 17th. The ruling opens the door a catch-and-release season that would allow anglers to fish for the stunning pure-strain mountain trout for the first time in 40 years. While the decision appears to be good news for anglers and has already won some praise, it is not without controversy, as some feel the species is not ready for the change. A spokesman for the New Mexico Council of Trout Unlimited says the group has not ruled out suing the USFWS over the downlisting.


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