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Snake River spring chinook forecast grim
LEWISTON, Idaho -- A vital food source the struggling southern resident orcas depend on is predicted to be in short supply. An early forecast by fisheries managers in Idaho suggests a poor outlook for the upcoming chinook salmon season there. A group of federal, state and tribal fisheries managers is predicting that just over 48,000 spring chinook are expected to return to the mouth of the Snake River. Only about 8,200 of those are predicted to be wild salmon.