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Effects of the wildfire on growth of cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake

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This chapter discusses the effects of wildfire on the growth of cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake. Trends in year-to-year variation in growth for individual age groups and 25 mm length groups of cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake were examined in an attempt to detect shifts in growth patterns associated with the fires. Approximately 100,000 ha of the Yellowstone Lake watershed burned between early July and late August 1988 and the majority of area burned was in the southern part of the drainage, including the Yellowstone River, the largest tributary to the lake. Pelican Creek, the second largest tributary to the lake, was the only major tributary entering the lake from the north that was affected by the fire. In order to aid interpretation of trends through time, relative growth rates of cutthroat trout in individual age and length groups were evaluated using linear regression.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Effects of the wildfire on growth of cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Yale University Press
Publisher location New Haven
Contributing office(s) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 22 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park
First page 143
Last page 164
Country United States
State Wyoming
Other Geospatial Yellowstone Lake
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