"California Sea lions above Bonneville Dam to be trapped
April 17, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife have placed a trap at The Dalles Marina on the Columbia River to try to capture California sea lions that have made their way above Bonneville Dam.
The new trap was built and deployed at the request of the four Columbia River Treaty Tribes who fish above Bonneville Dam. California Sea Lions above the dam have taken a toll on the tribal fisheries, and tribal fishing gear, that the tribes rely on for ceremonial and subsistence activities. The tribes have been reporting damage from the California Sea Lions for nearly three years.
“Tribal fishers have grown frustrated with the sea lions above Bonneville Dam and the damage they cause to their fishing gear,” said Paul Lumley, Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. “We are happy that something is being done to address the situation and remove the animals that have become stuck in the Bonneville Pool and confined by Bonneville Dam.”
At least three sea lions have been seen in the area of the marina. Once trapped, each animal would be removed from The Dalles area and later individually examined for brands or natural markings. These markings would determine if they are on the list for removal. Unknown animals that are not marked would be branded and released into the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam. Marked animals on the removal list would undergo a health assessment and, if found healthy and meeting a series of health criteria, could be considered for transfer to the Queens Zoo in New York. All marked animals on the removal list are subject to possible euthanasia.
The trapping efforts above Bonneville Dam are authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service and are a part of the states’ efforts to protect threatened and endangered fish populations from the growing number of California sea lions in the Columbia River."
Seriously??? Let me get this straight (normally I reserve my ire for the federal agencies who haven't actually tapped into common sense in...well any decade since I've been alive, but Oregon and Washington congratulations on a poor effort) so to restart, let me get this straight, first you have a "terror watch list" for California sea lions?!? Secondly, if you don't identify one of these Bonneville upstreamers as a member of the sea lion "Tara group" your approach will likely result in a future death sentence response for these non-catalogued California sea lions. To trap them and move them simply below Bonneville Dam some 100-plus miles from the Pacific Ocean will mean that these uncatalogued salmon terrorists naturally seek the closest food source at the Bonneville Dam fish ladder or the estuary where they can be either harassed with cracker shells or shot and killed with the real deal load?!? Gas prices too high for an actual relocation that might allow them to find another food source along the coast??? Seriously, did I miss something?
I am dead serious when I ask this, are you trying to line the pockets of environmental lawyers? I expect far better from both of you, especially you Oregon (no offense Washington). Do you like handing over taxpayer dollars to various environmental groups in court?
Your cavalier attitude toward this animal (California sea lion), will simply result in your eventually killing these animals that have simply found a good spot to find a steady source of food. Queens Zoo is not environmental lawsuit kryptonite. If you are willing to relocate across the country to what amounts to maximum security prison, can you not simply relocate them much farther away from their Columbia River food source somewhere on either of your coasts? Seriously, this is stupid and that can't be fixed.
That is all.. Have a nice day...
P.S.- stop driving boats at feeding birds because that is insane. Thank you. Therapists are available.