The Greenback Comeback
In 1973, the first published Endangered Species List included the Greenback Cutthroat Trout, the official Colorado State Fish. A small wild trout, the Greenback Cutthroat migrated to the Colorado area during the last ice age and evolved separately from the Blueback Cutthroat, Brook Trout, and Rainbow Trout species of the Pacific Coast. Excitement abounds among environmentalists as a new artificial migration is currently taking place.
In 2012 scientists, much to the glee of environmentalists, announced the discovery of a pure Greenback Cutthroat Trout population in a small tributary of the Arkansas known as Bear Creek. Authorities moved quickly to cut the area from hiking lists and barred camping along the stream. Declared no longer extinct, the Greenback remains on the endangered species list. The Colorado state government is currently experimenting with transplanting the delicate species into other sections of Colorado streams that have returned to their naturally pristine condition, largely through the efforts of volunteers and concerned scientists.
The hope is that the transplantation efforts will prove the viability for more programs to revive other, smaller water life. Excitement abounds among environmentalists who point out nature’s resiliency. If the small delicate Greenback Cutthroat Trout can return to abundance, then the possibilities for hardier and more robust species are unlimited. All it takes is a little care; a little know-how, and a little effort; nature takes care of the rest.