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Siskiyou County Water Users comment on '
President Richard Marshall
The response would be that until the results can be verified by another biological team it is just another opinion research report. The words used by the study authors are couched in words that indicate they think they have found the “timing” gene. So even they aren’t sure.
However even if they are correct it doesn’t change the issue re dam removal as the Salmon still can’t jump the natural impediments in the Klamath. Also because the Spring Salmon are according to the study more susceptible to water temperature ie they need cold water it doesn’t make sense they would go to the shallower warmer waters of the Klamath lake. It makes more sense that they would populate the colder waters in the Salmon and Klamath that are in the mountainous areas where the colder water is located and below the Dams.
The article I had read in 'favor' of the study also carried the implication that the author was motivated from the beginning to find such a 'distinction'. It also read that the weakly inferred differences were far less certain in association or effect to 'run timing' than the environmentalists and Tribes for whom it appeared designed have later portrayed for supporting an endangered listing, which they were enthusiastically poised to sue for. It's neither here nor there, but ironic how Lief Hillman, who's greatest accomplishments were as a convicted meth drug mule, spousal abuser, and pot grower, is now the 'Tribal leader' expert in spiritual and tribal historic 'knowledge' of physically identical and overlapping salmon run 'fall' and 'spring' difference , However, I also agree with Richard that, true or not, the study also acknowledges that virtually all spring runs and salmon assessed were related to the Trinity, not the mid Klamath, though the Tribal articles try using the single study opinion to tie them together to the dams removal for obvious reasons.
In my ignorance, I have felt for a some time that a genetic 'revelation' will one day be recognized that, throughout the millennia, surviving species had to have genetically adapted and evolved to accommodate countless ever changing environmental conditions and extremes. The older the species, the greater the encountered variables and adaptations they had to genetically accommodate. Those 'legacy' genes remain within that genetic structure should those conditions reappear, generationally reactivating expression of those dormant genes when needed and increasing future odds of survival compared to the happenstance of random genetic mutation. If that is so, the implication is that all regional salmon likely have those genes, but only the ones 'sampled' currently have those genes expressed. If true, the article's original assumption of later salmon adaptability to accommodate increased available habitat would still be true.
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