Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Return Of The Native

The New York Times reports today (April 24, 2013) on the resurrection of the Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi), a giant among its piscine relatives.  Considered almost extinct throughout its range only a (human) generation ago, vigorous efforts to restore its population in endorheic Pyramid Lake appear to be succeeding wildly.  Careful monitoring of how the Lahontan cutthroat trout reestablishes itself in its former range, and how populations of other organisms react, could hold valuable lessons for successful deextinction efforts.