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TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 185,000 endangered winter-run chinook salmon smolts into Battle Creek, west of Red Bluff.
The release was part of the program Jump Start, which helps with the return of the endangered salmon to the Sacramento River Basin.
Adult captive salmon were spawned at Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery up-river of Redding, on the Sacramento River.
Water conditions in Battle Creek and the Sacramento River were deemed excellent by hatchery manager, Brett Galyean, for the release. Recent rain produced high runoff and muddy waters.
Photos courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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