Federal Judge Declines to Rule Immediately
by Scott Learn
U.S. District Judge Michael Simon said today he'll rule by the end of May on a request to immediately end the killing of California sea lions at Bonneville Dam.
As a practical matter, it probably won't matter much by then. The male sea lions that feed on spring chinook salmon at Bonneville typically leave by the end of May to return to their ocean breeding grounds.
The Humane Society of the United States sued in March and asked for a preliminary injunction to stop the killings while the lawsuit proceeds.
Since 2008, the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho have trapped and removed 50 California sea lions at the dam, sending some to aquariums or zoos but killing most by lethal injection. This spring, they've killed nine animals and relocated one to an aquarium.
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