Sea lions eat fish. This is not a crime, just an evolutionary fact. As the spring Chinook salmon run begins in the Columbia River, California sea lions, who live in this Pacific Northwest river and are routinely scapegoated and labeled a "problem" - again are in the government crosshairs. They are getting trapped and killed by the Oregon and Washington wildlife agencies for eating fish - a tiny fraction of the salmon returning to their birthplace to spawn. Since March 2009, when federal authorization was given to bypass the protections of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, 33 sea lions have been trapped, 24 are dead and the rest put into permanent captivity.
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