By Ron Brown, KDRV
March 4, 2009
An ongoing battle between miners, ranchers, loggers, and Native Americans over uses of Klamath River water is taking a new turn.
On Monday, a coalition made up of miners and others who have been the target of Karuk efforts to limit Klamath River use filed a petition with the California Fish and Game Department to stop Karuk Tribe members from operating a dip-net fishing site on the lower Klamath River.
The petition says natives have no legal right to take salmon while at the same time alledging fish kills from other river users.
In a response, Karuk officials called the petition vengeful, and suggested the action is retribution for recent lawsuits to stop suction dredge mining.
They say only about 200 fish a year are taken at the dip-netting site near Sommes Bar.