Idaho fisheries biologists say the final tally of exotic rainbow trout that were stunned and shipped out of the South Fork Snake River drainage this spring came to 5,857 fish.

It was the second year of the program, which is meant to help native cutthroat trout — a species that’s been supplanted by rainbows as the dominant trout in the South Fork. The goal for the thrice-weekly springtime effort was to move 3,000 fish, a benchmark Idaho Department of Fish and Game netting crews almost doubled.

Brad Boner has directed the News&Guide’s visuals since 2004 and worked as a photojournalist for more than 20 years. He lives on the west side of the Tetons with his wife, two kids, two grumpy cats and an old blue heeler, Sadie.

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