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Mark Snepp, state fisheries worker, dies during steelhead survey on the Wind River

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm with No Comments »
August 19, 2011 2:16 pm

A fisheries worker for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife died Thursday while helping conduct a steelhead survey on the Wind River.

Mark Snepp, 47, apparently died while walking the bank of the river and recording fish data reported by his diving partner, said Pat Frazier, southwest regional fish program manager for the department.

Team members called 911 and notified the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the cause of Snepp’s death, said the department news release. An autopsy will be conducted within the next few days.

“This is a sad day for the department,” Frazier said in the release. “Mark joined the department just last year and showed a real dedication to fish and wildlife stewardship.”

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