PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon and Washington wildlife officialsare moving ahead with plans to remove California sea lions fromBonneville Dam. Trapping could resume as early as Monday.
The states and Columbia River tribes claim the protected animalseat too many spring chinook salmon as they school up at the dambefore passing through fish ladders.
Animal welfare and defense groups want the federal courts todelay the program until their appeal can be heard.
They contend the sea lions are a politically convenientscapegoat for bigger problems with the salmon runs, such as damsand bird predation.
The plans now are to trap the animals and give them to zoos oraquatic parks, but the states are authorized to kill up to 85 ayear. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)