Sea lions have been part of the Cascadian ecosystem since the beginning of history. It is not the sea lions who are to blame for the disappearance of the ancient salmon runs, it is humans. It is over-fishing, gill nets, dams, and pollutants. But the fishermen are blaming the sea lions because it's easier to kill defenseless animals than to breach dams or change opulant lifestyles. Please call your representatives, and officials in the city of Gold Beach to express your disapproval of any plans to harass or kill sea lions. Let them know that the only way to bring back the salmon is to stop over-fishing and start removing dams. The sea lions do not owe their lives to the fishing industry, which is doomed anyway unless humans are curbed.
Please contact your representatives NOW to speak out for the sea lions. Those who would like to do more, please do. Take a moment, or more, to do something.