Playing cutthroat

By Dale Rodebaugh
Durango Herald Staff Writer

The Colorado River cutthroat, nearly driven to extinction by ravenous early-day miners and generations that followed, is regaining a foothold in its ancestral home.

The recovery, started in 2002, is being helped along through April at the state Division of Wildlife’s fish hatchery in Durango, where pure-strain Colorado River cutthroat eggs are being fertilized by hand. The resulting hatchlings are raised for release in lakes, rivers and reservoirs.