Drought and disease threaten salmon in the Klamath

KLAMATH, Ca. (KIEM) – Drought conditions and disease are forcing Karuk Tribe to declare a State of Emergency when it comes to the salmon population in the Klamath River Basin.

Tribal officials say that the current drought conditions are the worst in modern history.

They say a massive fish kill is happening right now, and the fish that are still alive are infected with a disease causing parasite.

State wildlife officials have declared drought conditions along the Klamath River in 8 of the last 12 years, but the Karuk Tribe says that if a long-term solution isn’t found soon, then it could mean the end of salmon in the Klamath rivers.