Dogs are great hunting companions, but did you know they can also be accomplished anglers? During an outing to a stream, these two canines decide to take advantage of some lethargic salmon and do a little bit of fishing themselves.

While the video is fascinating, it should be stressed that dogs should not be encouraged to pursue this type of behavior. Not only can this be considered salmon harassment by wildlife officials, but allowing dogs to hunt and consume wild fish can be harmful to their digestive systems. The following video was uploaded to YouTube by Ken Wiesner as a warning to other dog owners.

“I was not there this day.,” he wrote in the description. “A friend took my dogs to the river and they spotted salmon in the river. They instinctively started chasing and catching the fish. My friend had a video camera with her so she videoed the entire event. I would not have let them do this as it’s best to leave the fish to their natural life cycle.”

Wiesner added that the salmon had already completed their spawn and would die naturally on their own.

Image screenshot of video by Ken Wiesner on YouTube

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5 thoughts on “Video: Dogs Retrieve Giant Salmon from Stream

  1. how are fish harmful for the dogs to eat? what a big bunch of bullsh*t that is!! whoever wrote that has never watched any of those alaska shows where all they feed their sled dogs is tons of smoked salmon! i would be getting a fishing license for those dogs and take them out, they can fill their limit in no time at all.

    1. If they’re not used to it and they eat too much, it could give them an upset stomach–just like anything else. But (assuming legality) I would grill it up and share with the ones who did the work 🙂

  2. The dogs should be shot, and I would probably do so if I was out and saw them doing this. Same thing as running deer, or harassing any other game animal.

    1. Really? You would kill a dog for being a dog? Sure, the human should have had more control. I wouldn’t have let him go back in once I realized what he was doing. But shooting a predator for hunting is just wrong. It’s not like wild animals don’t hurt each other…

      1. This is not a predator, a dog is a domesticated animal under human control. I would bet most game wardens would consider the same solution.

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