F&G director Moore says its time to delist bull trout in Idaho

Idaho Fish and Game director Virgil Moore said threatened bull trout numbers have rebounded in Idaho and are recovered.

“I believe its time to delist them in Idaho,” Moore told the Idaho Environmental Forum Wednesday.

Moore said in the Salmon River the fish, previously called Dolly Varden trout, is filling all available habitat. He said state federal and private efforts, started by former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt are responsible for the dramatic turnaround.

Bull trout were listed as threatened in 1998 in large parts of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. A small part of Nevada’s Jarbidge watershed is included.

Efforts to protect habitat and to open up previously closed areas by replacing culverts has prompted the quick response, Moore said.

Moore’s statement was hailed by Norm Semanko, executive director of the Idaho WaterUsers Association.

“Taking bull trout off the federal threatened and endangered species list would eliminate the ill-advised critical habitat restrictions that were imposed in the Boise and Payette River Basins last year,” Semanko said. “These critical habitat designations have caused a new round of ESA consultations between federal agencies and created uncertainty among water providers and other resource users in southwest Idaho.”

He called on Gov. Butch Otter to take leadership on the issue and push for delisting in Idaho.

But that is not going to be easy. It was the attempt to delist wolves along state lines that led to the lawsuit that caused all of the problems for the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to remove wolves from the Endangered Species list in Idaho.

“Bull trout are currently listed range-wide in the U.S. not just in Idaho, so we have not evaluated their status just in Idaho,” said Ted Koch, bull trout recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Boise. “We are currently not persuading opportunities to list or delist species along state lines.”

Dolly's are delicious

I hope they can successfully get them delisted. They were one of my favorite char to eat in AK along with grayling.


The ESA needs to go

Something better needs to take it's place. I don't want to lose truly endangered species, but this unwieldy law is needlessly costing this country billions and billions of dollars.

Truth is hard to come by

I caught a 5 pound Dolly

On the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River in 1958, when I was 10, while fishing for salmon. It would be cool if my grandkids could fish for salmon there.

I suppose this is great news but....

What ISN'T Norm Semanko in charge of?


Just because it's a WORLD wide web doesn't mean anybody past Jordan Valley cares! Get drunk and give us that crappy singing voice we missed.

Idahoans stop killing animals

Why can't the Idaho rednecks get it through their thick heads that animals were not put here for human possession,food or enjoyment? One more creature like the wolf to be made extinct by stupid Idahoans.


Troll much?

Truth is hard to come by

Stop calling me a troll

You must be another one of those stupid red neck Idahoans.Everytime you do not like my message you call me a troll.Well hillbilly there are many of us from California and many more coming, we vote and we do not share your love for animal brutality.Wildlife mamagement should not be left in the hands of sport killers and we need to rid this state of losers like you.

Stop doing the troll thing

and people will stop calling you a troll. Until then...


Or better yet how about a bounty on inbred California varmits like yourself.

PinkCalifornia & The Trolls (part 2.)

Here is what PinkCalifornia was doing a few years ago:


I've heard she uses less eye shadow these days.

Bob Z.

That was beautiful


Then get out from under the bridge

Did you try and tell everybody how they should live in California too? How else would you like to regulate the lives of others you disagree with? I'm thrilled that I'll be able to cancel out your vote.

Get some help with the Pink MS.


Kevin Richert is scared of me for some stupid reason and I really don't care.


I hope you moved here to live the Idaho life (camping/fishing/hunting) and not bring your California views (which you apparently are) to our Idaho heritage. If you want to impose your Californian view, please, please move back to California where they apparently didn't listen to you either.

Get some conventional Alt, Pink.


Kevin Richert is scared of me for some stupid reason and I really don't care.

The Dolly Varden

The Dolly Varden Is a Predetory Fish there Big increase in Numbers in the Salmon River Drainage Is a derecit result of the increase of the SALMON in that drainage, my son and I Fished for rainbow trout in the 1990's below Stibnit all we hocked were Dolly's Great fighting fish they would take any thing that looked like a small Samon or trout. they were fallowing the Salmon to eat the eggs and small fish.