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Bull Trout

Bull trout were listed as a threatened species in 1998, for its entire region of Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon. Under former Governor Phil Batt, Idaho developed a recovery plan, much of which is being used in the current federal recovery planning process. Governor Batt's recovery plan can be read below (Bull Trout Conservation Plan 1996).

The state of Idaho in conjunction with the state of Montana provided comments on the 5-year status review of bull trout, noting that its abundance and range show the fish should be de-listed from the Endangered Species Act. For a copy of the report please contact OSC.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the Final Bull Trout Recovery Plan in September 2015. To view the recovery plan click on the link below (Final Bull Trout Recovery Plan).


Bull Trout Conservation Plan 1996 [PDF] - 133 pages

Final Bull Trout Recovery Plan [PDF] - 195 pages

More Information:

Bull Trout background information - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Staff Contact:

Mike Edmondson

Bull Trout

Bull Trout Underwater, Photo Credit: Joel Santore (National Geographic) & Wade Fredenberg (USFWS) CC BY 2.0 USFWS - Mountain-Prairie