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ABIQUIU — More than 270 native Rio Grande cutthroat trout were removed from Polvadera Creek Tuesday to protect the population from possible eradication by the 16,257-acre South Fork Fire.
The South Fork Fire is burning approximately 20 miles west of Española. Crews with the Department of Game and Fish and the Santa Fe National Forest used electroshocking equipment to stun the fish so they could be transported to Seven Springs Hatchery.
The 5- to 10-inch trout will remain at the hatchery until they can be returned to Polvadera Creek or biologists find another suitable stream for them.
About 1,000 cutthroats live in a five-mile section of Polvadera Creek.