Four wild salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest and California have been listed on the Federal threatened or endangered species lists with another seven proposed. Biologists warn that wild Pacific salmon in the Northwest may soon become extinct. Alaska's salmon are, for the most part, still in good shape. But even in this wild country streams have been hurt by improper logging and mining techniques as well as pollution.
In our book, "Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People," (Alaska Northwest Books, 1994) Brad Matsen writes, "Salmon, quite simply, seem to be allergic to people."