Leon Kolankiewicz

Seattle, WAThe Spokesman-Review

Leon Kolankiewicz: Unchecked population growth has downstream effects

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.