April 11, 2010 12:01 AM

Officials hope dams' removal will bring the big salmon back

They were known as June Hogs — 100-pound salmon that, when stood on end, were taller than a man. Up until a century ago, they returned annually to the Elwha River on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula in runs so huge that homesteaders reported that the river turned into a wiggling mass from bank to bank. Then, two dams were built across the river, .and the spawning grounds were blocked, giving the fish less than five miles of river to breed. That's about to change.

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