Salt Lake City (AP) - Utah Wildlife officials have confirmed that there is a tiny population of rare Greenback Cutthroat Trout in a small creek in the LaSal Mountains east of Moab.
Officials have issued an emergency fishing regulation to protect the fish. Greenback Cutthroat are listed as threatened on the endangered species list and are managed as a protected fish.
This is the first time Greenbacks have been discovered in Utah.
They are genetically similar to Colorado River Cutthroat, which live in eastern Colorado rivers.
Roger Wilson, sport fishing coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, says the goal is to protect the fish, then discuss whether to expand the population.
The fish are limited to a 1.2-mile segment of Beaver Creek.
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