Kootenai River Fish and Wildlife

Kootenai River Fish and Wildlife

A Remarkable Fish Assemblage

Fifteen native fish species live in the rivers and streams of the Kootenai River watershed. It is a remarkably diverse assemblage that includes white sturgeon, the largest freshwater fish in North America; burbot, the only freshwater member of the cod family; the Columbia redband trout; bull trout; and kokanee. Today, white sturgeon is endangered and bull trout threatened and the other species are imperilled.

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The waters of the Kootenai River afford [the Kootenai people], at all seasons, a bountiful supply of bull trout…they always supply the indians with an abundance of excellent fish.
— Isaac Stevens, Report of Explorations, 1855

An Rich Diversity of Wildlife

The Kootenai watershed has populations of, or habitat for, all big game species, including moose, elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, mountain goat. It also holds populations of or habitat for threatened and endangered species — gray wolf, caribou, grizzly bear, and lynx. It contains most of the region’s carnivore species including fisher and wolverine. Townsend’s big-eared bat, northern bog-lemming, western toad and common loon are a few of the sensitive species found here.

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A Remarkable Fish Assemblage

Fifteen native fish species live in the rivers and streams of the Kootenai River watershed. It is a remarkably diverse assemblage that includes white sturgeon, the largest freshwater fish in North America; burbot, the only freshwater member of the cod family; the Columbia redband trout; bull trout; and kokanee. Today, white sturgeon is endangered and bull trout threatened and the other species are imperilled.

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The waters of the Kootenai River afford [the Kootenai people], at all seasons, a bountiful supply of bull trout…they always supply the indians with an abundance of excellent fish.
— Isaac Stevens, Report of Explorations, 1855

An Rich Diversity of Wildlife

The Kootenai watershed has populations of, or habitat for, all big game species, including moose, elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, mountain goat. It also holds populations of or habitat for threatened and endangered species — gray wolf, caribou, grizzly bear, and lynx. It contains most of the region’s carnivore species including fisher and wolverine. Townsend’s big-eared bat, northern bog-lemming, western toad and common loon are a few of the sensitive species found here.

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AN INTEGRATED, COLLABORATIVE APPROACH


The Integrated Program is grounded in a core set of guiding principles:

  • Science-based–  Science-based decision making and management;
  • default_title–  Respect for and integration of Tribal cultural values and local social and economic values;
  • default_title–  Collaborative implementation in cooperation with co-managers and stakeholders including transboundary coordination;
  • default_title–  Incorporation of multi-disciplinary input and review;
  • default_title–  Understanding that when dealing with dynamic ecosystems, uncertainty is inevitable, therefore learning through structured adaptive management processes is critical.
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