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Saturday, December 9, 2023
Dec. 9, 2023

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Letter: Salmon resource is mismanaged


Has the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife lost its way because of the Inslee Administration? Or so it seems, the agency does not seem to care about management of game or fisheries anymore.

Case in point: Palmer Lake, a 2,000 acre lake in northern Okanogan County, is now the best pike minnow hatchery in the state. These fish once hatched by nature make their way into the Okanogan River and into the Columbia just below Chief Joseph Dam. So this makes no sense to me, that our illustrious Fish and Wildlife biologist are letting this happen and then paying sportsmen to catch them on the lower Columbia.

That is how scientific our Washington state fish and game department is spending your license fees. Funny thing is that no one at the department will return phone calls. Who is killing our salmon? Not only seals but the very agency that is supposed to be managing the resource.

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