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Scientists are busy on Yakima River studying ‘hooking mortality’

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SELAH — Any time a Yakima River spring chinook salmon is hooked, played and caught, one of two things will happen.

If it’s a hatchery fish — identified by its missing adipose fin and the scar from its removal — it will be quickly bonked on the head and put on ice, and will eventually end up on the angler’s dinner table.

If it’s a natural-origin, “wild” chinook and its captor is abiding by the rules, it will be released…

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