Loss of game fish in Indian Creek prompts
inquiry into cause
Numerous reports of large number of dead fish either floating in Indian Creek or lodged in the brush along its banks have prompted an inquiry into the cause of the fatalities.
Young people swimming in the creek last week reported finding dead fish and other reports came later from both swimmers and fisherman.
At the request of James Willis, cub scout master, the Herald made inquiries to determine whether the Fish and Game department or the Reclaimation department has added any chemicals to the water that might cause the loss.
Representatives from both agencies stated they had no knowledge of any such activities.
Ray Simpson of the Fish and Game department in Boise said the department does not poison streams known to have game fish.
He stated that he also is interested in learning why the fish are dying and will try to determine the cause.
Eula Cole, secretary for the Boise-Kuna irrigation district, said Reclamation does not use weed killers in ditches carrying more than 500 inches of water and that in no case would they use such a chemical in the creek.
Other speculation is that someone may be throwing explosives into the water causing fatal injuries to the fish.
One youngster reported finding a 23-inch trout among the dead fish. In the past, it has not been uncommon for fisherman to take 16 to 18 inch or larger trout from the creek.
Willis said he is especially concerned about the loss of fish because Indian Creek furnishes good fishing for the youngsters in the five recently-organized cub scout dens and for Kuna’s senior citizens who do not have transportation to fish elsewhere.
He said that last spring on the water was low in the creek children carry the small fish trapped in shallow pools to deeper pools so that they could survive.
Tuesday’s Statesman carried a story of an investigation being made downstream at Caldwell and Nampa to eliminate contamination of the creek by packing plants and other industries.
There are no known industries that dump waste into the creek anywhere near Kuna.
Kunans favor Sanborn
in Tuesday runoff
Kuna voters did not follow the trend in the rest of the second congressional district when they cast their votes for a Republican nominee for congress to oppose Ralph Harding in November.
Orval Hansen, who won the nomination in Tuesday’s runoff, only received 15 votes compared to 48 for John Sanborn.
There were 227 Republicans eligible to vote in the runoff.