Have an interest in ecology and enjoy fishing? Arizona has an indigenous fish that has had a pretty remarkable history. It is the Apache Trout.
Native to a number of lakes and streams in Northern Arizona, this fish nearly went extinct and was placed on the endangered species list in the 1960’s. Hatcheries preserved the species and have worked ever since to offer a safe habitat for this special trout.
Due to the effort of the forest service and the Apache tribe in Arizona, stocking of Apache trout is now possible. It was necessary to keep the species by segregating it from other trout. Other stocked trout like Rainbows would breed with the Apache trout to form a hybrid (a trout with traits of both fish).
Area streams were enhanced by ensuring that other types of trout could not breed where the Apache trout were. The other trout also had a tendency to eat more of the local fish food. The success in keeping the Apache trout pure continues as it makes a come back. The Apache trout has a greenish bottom, gold color on top, and a very unique eye. For more about this fish, check out http://john000.hubpages.com/hub/Apache-Trout-an-Arizona-Fish-and-Species-of-Trout-Endangered-Bolsters-Ecosystem-of