Oregon Begins Killing Sea Lions After Relocation Fails

With their numbers growing, sea lions are venturing ever farther inland up the Columbia River — and their appetite is having disastrous consequences, scientists have said.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have started killing California sea lions that threaten a fragile and unique type of trout in the Willamette River, a body of water that’s miles inland from the coastal areas where the massive carnivorous aquatic mammals usually congregate to feed. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife obtained a federal permit in November to kill up to 93 California sea lions annually below Willamette Falls south of Portland,…

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