Best Save of the Species

Idaho Fish and Game save salmon from hot water

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Idaho's rivers and streams reached almost 80 degrees Fahrenheit this summer, which was bad news for the state's endangered sockeye salmon population. Up to 90 percent of salmon throughout the west turned belly-up from the heat. In an attempt to save the rest, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game trapped the fish at Lower Granite Dam and trucked them more than 300 miles to the Eagle Fish Hatchery, where they'll hang out until fall, when they'll be transported to their natural spawning grounds at Redfish Lake.

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