- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

TAOS, N.M. (AP) - The state Game and Fish Department is planning to stock almost 10,000 Rio Grande cutthroat trout in northern New Mexico.

Wildlife managers say they’ll be putting the native fish in the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos on Monday. They’re looking for volunteers to help carry the fish into the gorge in bags filled with water.

The gorge is deep and the river is accessible only by foot. Trails to the bottom vary in length from less than a mile to a mile and a half.

The department began restocking the state fish in the river in 2008. Today, people can fish for cutthroat that have grown to adulthood in the gorge and are now as large as 12 inches.

The fish to be released next week were raised at Seven Springs Hatchery.

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