Seattle, WAThe Spokesman-Review
Salmon and orca populations in the Pacific Northwest are plummeting. Chinook, or “king,” salmon populations have declined 60 percent since 1984. And the Southern Resident Orca – a group of killer whales that hunts in Washington’s Puget Sound – now contains only 74 individuals, down from 98 in 1995. Scientists have linked the decline of these species to human development on the Pacific Coast.