Ta'an Kwach'an First Nation thrilled by return of spawning salmon
Monitors spot at least 20 spawning salmon this year, fuelling hope of a comeback
Elders of the Ta'an Kwach'an First Nation have always known Fox Creek was once a salmon spawning stream. Over the past nine years they've released hundreds of thousands of salmon fry into the creek, hoping some might return to spawn.
"Everyone has been really excited about the fact we've had these fish come back and I know we've had people working for years on this and it's just exciting to know this project has had success and is having success," said Ta'an spokesperson Samantha Dawson.
Dawson says the First Nation's heritage team is especially excited because one of the females spotted appears to be wild. She said that fish had an adipose fin, which could indicate it's wild.
"That salmon could have been hatched in the creek or wild from another creek. It can be contentious and hard to discern some time so yeah it's going to take some more investigating."
The Fox Creek salmon are among the more than 83,000 Chinook that have returned to Yukon waters to spawn this year.