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Hatchery salmon trucked to cooler water

Hatchery fish are being released early in hopes they’ll survive. (Associated Press)
Hatchery fish are being released early in hopes they’ll survive. (Associated Press)

FISHING — Federal officials say 160,000 juvenile salmon from a fish hatchery in central Oregon were transported by truck to a hatchery in Washington in an effort to save the fish from unusually high water temperatures.   

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday said the spring Chinooks’ 100-mile trip from the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery to a hatchery in Little White Salmon took place last week. In addition to juvenile fish, 680 adult fish were also transferred.   

Daytime river temperatures at the Warm Springs hatchery are exceeding 70 degrees, considered potentially deadly for salmon. But at the Little

White Salmon hatchery in the Columbia River Gorge, they’re in the low 50s.   

Officials said the transferred fish are being monitored and are doing well.

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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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