Oregon, Washington State Agree to
by Joel Millman
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wildlife advocates, including the Humane Society of the United States and the Wild Fish Conservancy, reached an agreement with the states of Oregon and Washington and a federal agency to temporarily halt killings of California sea lions at the Columbia River's Bonneville Dam this year.
The agreement with the states and NOAA Fisheries Service suspends plans to kill as many as 85 sea lions at the dam, where they feed on federally protected salmon and steelhead migrating inland from the Pacific Ocean.
"We intended to file for a Temporary Restraining Order," said Jonathan Lovvorn, the Humane Society's chief counsel for animal-protection litigation. He said both states agreed to suspend the operation so the case can be heard on the merits, rather than on an emergency basis. No sea lions will be euthanized until at least September, Wednesday's agreement stipulated.
Earlier this month, the fisheries service had authorized states to resume killing some sea lions after a federal appeals court struck down a previous authorization.
Killing Sea Lions Will Not Save Columbia River Salmon by John Balzar, Seattle Times, 2/7/8
Sea Lions vs. Salmon: Restore Balance and Common Sense by Fidelia Andy, Seattle Times, 2/15/8
Survival of Snake River Salmon & Steelhead Data compiled July 2004 by www.bluefish.org
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