It’s an annual when it happened near the Skokomish River in northwest Washington state — salmon, hop across a flooded rural highway, trying to make their way to upstream generating grounds.
Aaron Dufault, a salmon policy analyst with the Washington Be subject to of Fish and Wildlife, believes it’s been happening for decades.
“That river is a only slightly flashy so to speak. Every single year it seems to overflow its banks in a match up of areas where there are adjacent farms and pastures and a road, so that’s where you see it. And it, coincidentally, times Dialect right with the chum salmon returning.”
A few salmon may end up as road kill but Dufault breaks, because most, if not all, are hatchery salmon, there’s little impact to complete spawning numbers.
“Even if there are wild fish in there, we notwithstanding get plenty into that river to seed the habitat, so there’s no management concern,” he said.