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 Fish: Greenback cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki somias). This trout was at one time indigenous to many small creeks, streams, and rivers throughout the state, but it succumbed to pollution and to competition from other species of trout. Biologists feared that the species was extinct until, in the early 1990s, researchers discovered several small populations of the fish in remote streams in Rocky Mountain National ParkThis colorful fish has now been reintroduced in numerous lakes and streams in the state and is reproducing successfully. The greenback cutthroat trout was designated the state fish on March 15, 1994, by an act of the General Assembly.

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