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DOI takes no blame for Klamath fish kill

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2002

Department of Interior officials on Wednesday said at least 20,000 salmon have died in the Klamath River in northern California.

The cause of death appears to be suffocation due to infection of the gills. The department would not say if their denial of water to the fish spurred on the massive kill.

Yurok Tribe chairwoman Sue Masten and others sent 500 pounds of dead salmon to Secretary Gale Norton in protest.

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Fish kill cause still in question (The Klamath Falls Herald and News 10/2)
Agency head: Low flows not yet determined to be big factor (The Klamath Falls Herald and News 10/2)
California Demo lawmaker delivers dead fish to agency (The Klamath Falls Herald and News 10/2)
Thompson dumps dead salmon at Interior Department (The Eureka Times-Standard 10/3)
Top official pledges 'rigorous' study of fish kill (The Oregonian 10/3)
At Least 20,000 Fish Die in California River (The New York Times 10/3)
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U.S. Denies Blame for Die-Off of Salmon (The Los Angeles Times 10/3)

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Calif. tribes still waiting for water (8/22)
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