Thursday May 2, 2024


A man from Oregon is in trouble for killing around 18,000 young Chinook salmon by pouring bleach into their tank at a hatchery in Douglas County.

On this, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife found the man, Joshua Heckathorn, the next day near the hatchery. He admitted to “trespassing on the property and entering a storage location and handling the chemical bottle.”

The police called it a “significant poaching incident” as these fish come under protected species. Moreover, the hatchery where they were killed is run by volunteers.

It is pertinent to note that the police started looking into it on April 22 when they got a call saying someone “forcibly made entry into the hatchery building” and poured a chemical into the fish tank.

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