Grand Junction: Native fish reoccupy historic Colorado habitat | VailDaily.com

Grand Junction: Native fish reoccupy historic Colorado habitat

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Biologists have found endangered fish in parts of the Colorado and Yampa rivers where they haven’t been seen in decades.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a 26-inch adult Colorado pikeminnow was captured in the Colorado River near Grand Junction, Colorado.

Colorado State University researchers captured a 17-inch adult razorback sucker in the Yampa River about 7 miles upstream of Dinosaur National Monument in northwest Colorado.

Both fish, found in April, are on the federal endangered species list. Biologists are trying to rebuild the populations of the pikeminnow, razorback sucker, humpback chub and bonytail.

All the fish are natives of the Colorado River system whose numbers have dropped because of dams and nonnative fish.