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ODFW Seeks Permit To Remove Fish-Eating Sea Lions At Willamette Falls


State wildlife officials are seeking permits that would allow them to remove and take lethal action against California sea lions at Willamette Falls.

Sea lions have been eating steelhead and other fish at Willamette Falls in ever greater numbers.

Sea lions have been eating steelhead and other fish at Willamette Falls in ever greater numbers.

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The animals have become a threat to the survival of endangered fish that pass the falls en route to the Upper Willamette watershed, officials said.

This year, sea lions ate an estimated 20 to 25 percent of the wild winter steelhead waiting to enter the fish ladder, said Bruce McIntosh, deputy fish chief of inland fisheries for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“That’s off the charts,” McIntosh said. “It’s been an issue for at least five years, but we’ve reached the point recently where it’s become a crisis.”

Read more at The Statesman Journal.

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