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Global Range: (1000-5000 square km (about 400-2000 square miles)) Historical range included the Silver King Creek system, California. The subspecies is presumed to have occurred in 14.7 kilometers of stream in Silver King Creek from Llewellyn Falls downstream to barriers in Silver King Canyon, and in accessible portions of three small named tributaries (Tamarack Creek, Tamarack Lake Creek, and lower Coyote Valley Creek downstream of barrier falls (USFWS 2004, 2008).
Currently, no Paiute cutthroat trout occur within the historical range (USFWS 2008), but this subspecies occupies approximately 33.2 kilometers of habitat in five widely distributed drainages outside of their historical range. They were introduced above Llewellyn Falls in the upper reaches of the Silver King Creek drainage in 1912 (USFWS 2004). The progeny of these transplants were then introduced into several other lakes and streams in California. Self-sustaining populations are now established outside the historical range. The current distribution includes upper Silver King Creek and tributaries above Llewellyn Falls (Upper Fish Valley and tributaries), and Corral Valley Creek and Coyote Valley Creek downstream to their confluence (these are below Llewellyn Falls in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest); North Fork Cottonwood Creek and Cabin Creek in Mono County (Inyo National Forest); Sharktooth Creek, Fresno County (Sierra National Forest); and Starway Creek, Madera County (Sierra National Forest) (USFWS 2004, 2008).