Drought last straw for endangered California fish

Dec 1, 2014 10:50 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State and federal officials have removed all the coho salmon they could find from a Northern California creek in a bid to save the species.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that biologists blame pollution, development and drought for all but wiping out a unique kind of coho salmon in Muir Woods. Manfred Kittel of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says wildlife officials saw no sign of any baby salmon surviving in Muir Woods' Redwood Creek. Kittel says state and federal officials did find 105 coho from last year's spawning season trapped in low water in the creek. Authorities have removed all 105 to a Sonoma County hatchery. Kittel says they hope to return the now-nearly-extinct fish to the creek for breeding in about two years.

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