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Video: Nez Perce Tribe Works to Re-Introduce Coho Salmon to Idaho

Dec. 27, 2012 | Boise State Public Radio/Idaho Public Television
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Aaron Kunz


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  • Aaron Penney is a Nez Perce tribal hatchery manager. He was one of the handful of tribal members who in 1995 smuggled lower Columbia River coho eggs into Idaho. credit: Aaron Kunz
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Aaron Penney is a Nez Perce tribal hatchery manager. He was one of the handful of tribal members who in 1995 smuggled lower Columbia River coho eggs into Idaho. | credit: Aaron Kunz | rollover image for more

Idaho’s coho salmon were never listed as endangered before they went extinct in 1987. Very few people noticed when the fish were gone. The Nez Perce Tribe noticed. And thanks to the tribe’s extraordinary efforts - including smuggled salmon eggs and armed guards - coho are once again returning by the thousands to Idaho waters.

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