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Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho

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Jennifer Oatman Brisbois was re-elected chairwoman of the Nez Perce Tribe's General Council during the council's fall meeting. Also re-elected was Kay Kidder as council secretary.

Tribal fisheries enforcement officers are investigating six whole fall chinook and steelhead carcasses found at the Big Eddy boat ramp on the Clearwater River. The carcasses, including two threatened wild A-run steelhead, were found one day short of a year since a similar incident occurred at the North Lewiston Boat Ramp. "It was pretty obvious to me somebody just drove down that ramp and pitched them in the river," said state Department of Fish and Game biologist Ed Buettner, who investigated scene. "They were in about as far as you could throw them." Officers have no leads or witnesses, reported Capt. Adam Villavicencio, manager of the tribe's fisheries enforcement department. "We aren't even sure where the fish came from," he said, though marks could indicate they were from the Columbia River. Buettner was more certain. "They all had very, very distinctive gillnet marks on them." Last year, 37 fall chinook were dumped at the North Lewiston ramp. Most were filleted, but three were not cleaned at all. Investigators managed to identify the responsible person, but the suspect was never charged because he left the area. Villavicencio said they were still pursuing that suspect so he could be charged with three counts of wasting wildlife.

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