Se­nate passes bill mak­ing it eas­ier to kill sea li­ons

Tri-City Herald - - News -

A bill that would make it eas­ier to kill sea li­ons that feast on im­per­iled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Se­nate. State wildlife man­agers say re­bound­ing num­bers of sea li­ons are eat­ing more salmon than ever and are un­der­min­ing bil­lions of dol­lars of in­vest­ments to re­store en­dan­gered fish runs.

Se­nate Bill 3119, which passed Thurs­day by unan­i­mous con­sent, would stream­line the process for Wash­ing­ton, Idaho, Ore­gon and sev­eral Pa­cific North­west Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes to cap­ture and eu­th­a­nize po­ten­tially hun­dreds of sea li­ons found in the river east of Port­land, Ore­gon.

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