150,000 Cutthroat Trout killed in Jackson Hatchery

A power loss at the Jackson National Fish Hatchery killed some 150,000 cutthroat trout.

The power failure happened when a transformer blew June 5th.

Some electricity continued to flow but not enough to power water pumps at 10 outdoor raceways.

Hatchery manager Kerry Grande says the power loss automatically caused a backup generator to turn on but a switch that connects the generator to the pumps burned out months ago.

The hatchery normally produces about 450,000 fine-spotted Snake River cutthroat trout for release in Wyoming and Idaho each year.