She saw a vehicle pull slowly along the bank on the island above the traps. As it approached the traps, the headlights were turned off, and the vehicle slowly crept along to the area directly above the traps, from which they are usually sprung. It was a heart wrenching experience for the monitor who stood on the opposite bank, unable to help the sea lions in this moment of danger. The same monitor also witnessed three pick up trucks sitting along the bank on the Washington side, in the rain and dark of night, as the area was supposed to be closing to visitors.
This morning when the sun rose, the same monitor is reporting that curtains are hung on one of the traps. The last time any of us saw curtains on the trap, six sea lions had been mysteriously shot to death in 2008, ending the trapping for that year.
Sea lion defenders have spent the morning desperately trying to contact government agents in charge of the trapping program in an effort to find out what is happening. Many of the ODFW staff seem to be away from the office until next month. No staff member from ODFW, WDFW, or the Army Corps of Engineers has so far returned any of the multiple calls put out this morning.