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Response Statement - Bull Trout, Western Arctic populations

This freshwater fish is broadly distributed throughout the Western Arctic drainage although populations are never abundant. There are areas with evidence of decline in numbers and distribution but quantitative estimates for the whole range are lacking. This is a slow-growing and late maturing species that thrives in cold, pristine waters, and many populations require long unimpeded migratory routes joining spawning to adult habitat. Therefore the species is particularly vulnerable to habitat degradation, fragmentation of river networks by dams, negative effects from the invasion of the non-native Eastern Brook Trout, and overharvest, but these threats are localized within its range.

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Caroline Ladanowski
Director
Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
351 Saint-Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3
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