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NW IDA PRESS RELEASE concerning the sea lions and the sea wolf

Activists keep 24-hour vigil over sea lion killing program; more sea lions may be
trapped this morning in a "fishy situation" behind a visual barrier on the trap.

Cascade Locks, Ore.-In Defense of Animals and Sea Lion Defense Brigade has launched
a volunteer based vigil to track government trapping and killing, with the "Sea
Wolf," an RV mobile monitoring vehicle stationed on the Washington side of Columbia
River near the Bonneville Dam. The Sea Wolf is painted with a beautiful river
wildlife mural depicting salmon and sea lions swimming. (see attached photos of the
Sea Wolf on site at the dam.)

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Our monitor witnessed something strange going on late last night. She was concerned because there were a number of sea lions hauled out in one of the traps. She saw them going in shortly before sundown, and could still hear them murmuring in the dark. Then.... 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.

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We have now confirmed that two sea lions on the hit list are caught in the traps. C805 and C934. The State wants to do this out of the public view. Will the corporate media care enough to get up there and get the story? That remains to be seen.

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