Farmers, ranchers can run Basin better than
to editor by David Hill, Merrill, Oregon for Herald and News
Maybe ODF&W research in progress with sucker fry in the “rearing
pens” on Klamath Lake will answer some question on sucker
survival, except predators above and below water.
For more than 20 years now, the agriculture community have been
the whipping boy for all the problems concerning the salmon,
sucker and algae in the Klamath Lake Basin. So called “experts”
from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the tribes above and below
the lake, fisheries personnel, a local MD, biologists and others
have told us how to fix the problem: Fence the riparian area of
all streams, remove 30-40,000 acres of productive farm ground
along the lake, keep water levels high in lake, remove cattle or
keep manure out of lake. All the above have been done and
Maybe the decline in suckers is due to the trophy trout
population consuming the sucker fry or the cormorants and terns
and other fish eating birds are responsible. Cormorants and
terns are major factors with salmon fry in the Columbia River
As a volunteer, along with several students at the Wood River
Rehab Area, we were told by the Bureau of Land Management that
the problem of taking the “meander” out of the streams as well
as willow removal was the fault of farmers and ranchers.
Actually, it was the Army Corps of Engineers.
Now it’s wolf depredation on cattle. Wolf “experts” have the
answer too, but nothing works. They should listen to ranchers.
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