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Sea Lions Rejoice:
Feds Revoke Kill Authorization

by Staff
International Business Times, July 27, 2011

California sea lions eat thousands of salmon and steelhead, some of them endangered, at Bonneville Dam. Following a Humane Society of the United States petition, federal officials have decided to revoke the authorization for Oregon and Washington to kill sea lions eating endangered salmon at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.

The Humane Society said the decision means the two states cannot kill any of the federally protected sea lions unless NOAA fisheries approves a new request.

Federal allow permits official to kill sea lions only if the government proves that they have a significant negative impact on salmon

Since 2008, Oregon and Washington have killed dozens of sea lions that feed on salmon migrating upriver to spawn in the spring as they hit the bottleneck of fish ladders over Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River east of Portland, reported Wednesday.

"We're delighted the agency has changed its mind and revoked the State's authorization to kill hundreds of native sea lions for having the audacity to eat fish for dinner," Jonathan R. Lovvorn, senior vice president and chief counsel for animal protection litigation for The Humane Society said, in a statement. "It's time to face the fact that killing sea lions doesn't do anything for salmon, and focus instead on real salmon conservation threats, like hydropower and commercial fishing."

Sea Lions Rejoice: Feds Revoke Kill Authorization
International Business Times, July 27, 2011

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