The effort to protect salmon in the Columbia River has also included the relocation of Caspian tern birds and the killing of sea lions.
Oregon, Washington and Idaho have had federal authorization since 2008 to catch and euthanize California sea lions seen preying on salmon. The sea lions hunt salmon as they go over the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon states.
Efforts to keep the sea lions away using pyrotechnics and sea gates did not work.
Authorities so far this year have trapped and put down 54 sea lions.
Sea lions are targeted for capture and killing if they are seen eating salmon at the dam between January and May.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
US judge: Gov’t can keep killing salmon-eating birds
These people just don't get it. You can't control animal populations without horrible unintended consequences. What the heck are they thinking? I don't have to tell you how badly all of this will play out.