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Fish returning to Elwha

September 9th, 2013 - 5:30am

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) - For the second year in a row, salmon are swimming in streams above the site of the former Elwha Dam.

The Peninsula Daily News reports last summer's return of salmon to the Elwha River above the former dam's site were the first in 100 years.

Olympic National Park spokeswoman Rainey McKenna says biologists have counted at least 500 adult chinook in the river, as well as a few pink salmon and coho.

The official count will be released in November, but biologists said the run looks nearly identical to that of 2012.

Rainey says the best place to see the chinook as they move upstream is from the Altair Bridge on Olympic Hot Springs Road near the entrance to Altair Campground.

The 108-foot-tall Elwha Dam came down in 2012.

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