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Coho salmon unable to spawn in Douglas County, Oregon
11/27/2018 12:03:22 PM

Plants & Wildlife
Water Supply & Quality
Douglas County, OR

Start Date: 11/26/2018 -  
Low river flows and warm water temperatures in Douglas County caused a delay in the coho spawning, due to low water levels preventing fish from swimming upstream, according to Evan Leonetti, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Roseburg. The cold-water fish were also more susceptible to predation. Since coho can spawn until spring, there was still time for spawning to occur. Roseburg News-Review (Ore.), Nov. 20, 2018