Bull trout going back in Clackamas River in Ore.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Bull trout are going to be put back in the upper reaches of the Clackamas River on the flanks of Mount Hood in Oregon after being gone for nearly 50 years.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that bull trout from the Metolius River near Sisters will be transplanted into the Clackamas on the Mount Hood National Forest starting June 30.

Bull trout are a threatened species found in five states. Their demand for very clean and cold water put them at the center of a court battle that ended up restricting logging, mining and grazing on federal lands in the West.

The last one was observed in the Clackamas in 1963.

Federal biologists hope to finish a plan this year for restoring healthy bull trout populations.