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The Tale of the Trojan Trout

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A Trojan brook trout reared at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery near Sun Valley, Idaho.

Sierra Club, September 2022

On a golden morning in early October, two graduate students from New Mexico State University plunge into the icy current of Leandro Creek. The small waterway flows through the 550,000-acre Vermejo Park Ranch, a reserve in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Today, the crew will trace the stream’s course toward its headwaters on the flanks of a volcanic cone called Ash Mountain, in search of an unusual fish.

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