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Ore., Wash. Plan to Resume Trapping Sea Lions

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon and Washington wildlife officials
are moving ahead with plans to remove California sea lions from
Bonneville Dam. Trapping could resume as early as Monday.

The states and Columbia River tribes claim the protected animals
eat too many spring chinook salmon as they school up at the dam
before passing through fish ladders.

Animal welfare and defense groups want the federal courts to
delay the program until their appeal can be heard.

They contend the sea lions are a politically convenient
scapegoat for bigger problems with the salmon runs, such as dams
and bird predation.

The plans now are to trap the animals and give them to zoos or
aquatic parks, but the states are authorized to kill up to 85 a
year.
      
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