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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


July 12, 2001
Contact: Capt. Bill Hebner, (425) 775-1311, ext. 115
(425) 418-4228 (cell #)
or Terry Abrams, (360) 202-1736

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WDFW, Mount Vernon police seize 40-pound illegal chinook salmon

MOUNT VERNON–Officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), with the assistance of Mount Vernon police yesterday apprehended a local man who allegedly caught an illegal, 40-pound, threatened wild chinook salmon in the lower Skagit River.

Charles J. Hildebrand, 63, of Mount Vernon today was cited for second-degree unlawful recreational fishing (unlawfully taking and possessing chinook salmon during a closed season), a misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to $1,000 in fines and 90 days in jail. Because the fish is listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, the fisher also could face federal penalties.

WDFW also seized for the suspect's boat, a 16-foot wooden fishing vessel specifically designed for the Skagit River, for forfeiture.

The salmon, which was seized for evidence by WDFW, was 38.5 inches long.

Officer Terry Abrams holds a 40-pound, threatened spring chinook salmon Photo by Matt Wallis, Skagit Valley Herald
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer Terry Abrams holds a 40-pound, threatened spring chinook salmon allegedly caught by a Mount Vernon man yesterday on the Skagit River. The 38.5-inch fish is a Puget Sound chinook, listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. Mount Vernon police assisted WDFW officers in contacting the fisher, who faces state penalties of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail for possession of a chinook taken in a closed season, a misdemeanor, and could face additional federal charges.