Sea Lion Dies in
CASCADE LOCKS, OR - A Steller sea lion at the Bonneville Dam died after getting stuck between two traps.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the incident happened sometime Monday night.
According to biologists, they believe the sea lion got caught between two cage traps and then became entangled in the tethering cables holding the traps together. The sea lion tried to reach the water but couldn't break free from the cables.
According to a veterinarian, the sea lion drowned and a complete necropsy on the animal will be performed.
"This is a very unfortunate incident, no one would have predicted this could have happened," ODFW spokesmanRick Hargrave said. "Our focus now is to prevent this from happening again."
Two other sea lions died in the traps at Bonneville Dam last week.
ODFW said they have temporarily suspended trapping operations at Bonneville Dam. Cage trap doors will be closed and locked, and a temporary barricade will be installed between the two cage traps.
Death of Sea Lions in Trap Determined to be Accidental by Pete Springer, Oregon Public Broadcasting, 2/6/9
Sea Lions' Death: Humans in the Clear by Lynda Mapes, Seattle Times, 2/6/9
No Evidence People Shut Trap on Dead Sea Lions by Staff, Seattle Times, 2/5/9
Oregon: Heat Killed Sea Lions by William Yardley, New York Times, 5/16/8
Another Presumption: Sea Lions Died of Overheating by Ted Moore, eNews 2.0, 5/15/8
Heat Killed Six Sea Lions at Bonneville Dam by Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, 5/14/8
Heat Killed 6 Sea Lions Trapped at Bonneville Dam by King5 Staff, NWCN, 5/14/8
Heat may have Killed 6 Caged Sea Lions by Associated Press, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 5/14/8
U.S. Sea Lions Died of Overheating, Not Gunshots by Teresa Carson, Reuters, 5/14/8
Who Killed the Sea Lions? by Winston Ross, Newsweek, 5/10/8
6 Sea Lions Found Dead in Traps on Columbia by William McCall, Seattle Times, 5/5/8
Sea Lion Dies During Veterinary Exam by UPI, United Press Intl., 4/30/8
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