A seasonal employee of Idaho Fish and Game died Friday afternoon at the Crooked River fish trap near Elk City while trapping Chinook salmon for the Clearwater Hatchery.
Joshua Todd Huju (pronounced who-you) - 26, of Sioux City, Iowa was found in the water at the fish trap by another Fish and Game employee. The employee pulled Huju from the water, called 911 and immediately began CPR. Paramedics arrived at the remote location and continued to try to revive Huju.
"This is a heart breaking tragedy and the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Fish and Game are with Josh's family," Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore said. "Josh was helping us perpetuate the next generation of Idaho's Chinook salmon for anglers and all Idahoans. All of us at Fish and Game are mourning him."
Huju worked as a seasonal biologist-aide at the Clearwater Hatchery.
The investigation into the cause of death is being conducted by the Idaho County Sheriff's Office.