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Sea Lion Slaughter on the Columbia: Updates

Last week the government again authorized the killing of sea lions on the Columbia river. The traps are set. It has begun again.
Yesterday, monitors with the Sea Lion Defense Brigade made the annual pilgrimage to the dam. It was strangely silent. Even the hazers were standing down, as it was Sunday. We saw no California sea lions up there yet at all. We did see two Stellars playing in the current just below the dam, and at least two others resting in the slower water down by Strawberry Island. Despite the government's best effort to get the Stellars de-listed from their threatened and endangered species status, the gentle and gigantic Stellars are still protected this year, and cannot legally be killed. (They are not safe, though. Vigilante fishermen kill more sea lions illegally every year than the government killed last year. These huge, friendly animals make easy targets for their predations.)


We also saw two beautiful bald eagles, hunting fish from a tall tree just below the dam. Nature is beautiful. But irony stings: a friend, upon hearing about bald eagles eating salmon, remarked, "What are they gonna do, kill every predator on the river? Why can't they just stop over-fishing?!" Indeed.

In any event, humans will soon swamp this river in an annual glut that greedily displaces every other (natural, native) species on the river just so the fishermen can get get get get theirs. Yep. The celebration of the circle of life will be broken again, as every spring, by greedy men clutching beer cans, out to get more than they need. Such is life.

From the Archives 19.Mar.2012 14:00

Jim Lockhart videoactivepdx@gmail.com

Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," from April 2010 featuring guests speaking to this issue. Unfortunately not much has really changed since then.

Guests are Matt Rossell, at that time with the local chapter of In Defense of Animals and Cat, Sea Lion Defense Brigade.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpnktpIW8LE


For those interested in a local Native American perspective on this issue, this is a link to another Public Access program, "Native Nations."
Program begins with a brief interview with a member of Northwest Student Coaltion, speaking about police accountability issues in the Portland area. If one wishes, they can skip ahead 13 minutes to view the interview about the seal lions.
Here, representatives from Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission address their concerns about sea lions feeding on salmon at Bonneville dam on the Columbia River in Oregon in particular and salmon recovery in general.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OVprZK-XEM

Not my perspective 20.Mar.2012 13:16

Native

I have a "Native perspective" that is very different from that represented here. I do not believe that people are considering the economic incentive to kill the fish and the sea lions. I do understand it, though, and I ask that you please not pass off someone who wants to kill sea lions as The Native Perspective. You do the rest of us a disservice.

Huh ? 20.Mar.2012 15:23

glitch

Not my Perspective,

I didn't read here where anyone (commenting) was: passing off someone who wants to kill sea lions as The Native Perspective.

So to be clear - that was not said nor was it intended to be.

glitch 28.Mar.2012 09:21

link

I watched the link. They are trying to say that all natives want the sea lions dead, when it's really only those who profit from the dead bodies of the salmon who want this.

WHY! 29.Mar.2012 08:39

:-O

Why are they killing SEA LIONS??? Why would anyone want sea lions dead? This is ridiculous. Anyone who knows even the most basic biology understands the role of a native predator in the ecosystem. What kind of idiot decides we can wipe out native predators to make more room for our own over consumption? This is the reason why our species is doomed to extinction. Because we have too many idiots among us.

Posted here on 4/23/12 23.Apr.2012 08:05

0000 Petition

Why This Is Important
On March 15, 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Department of Commerce, authorized the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington to take lethal measures to remove up to 92 California sea lions from the Bonneville Dam. Per the letter signed by James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, the animals identified to be predators of endangered salmon can be shot by qualified marksmen as soon as MARCH 20, 2012! According to the Humane Society of the United States "killing sea lions will do little more than waste their lives with no appreciable benefit to the fish."

On March 19, 2012, The Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit to SAVE the Bonneville Sea Lions.

MARCH 22 URGENT UPDATE: A FEDERAL JUDGE TODAY DENIED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER FILED BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES. PER THE JUDGE'S RULING, UP TO 30 SEA LIONS CAN BE KILLED BY LETHAL INJECTION. A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE SAYS THEY HAVE TRAPS IN PLACE & ARE READY TO BEGIN KILLING! For more follow this link:  link to www.washingtonpost.com

March 22 UPDATE #2 - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is now involved! Who wants to be a DAM GUARDIAN?  link to www.seashepherd.org

URGENT UPDATE: As of April 12, 2012, FOUR sea lions have been killed by lethal injection at the Bonneville Dam. The current ruling by a federal judge allows for the killing of up to 30 sea lions! PLEASE sign & share the petition AND call Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber at (503) 378-4582 & Washington Governor Chris Gregoire at (360) 902-4111 AND TELL THEM TO CALL OFF THE CULL!

PLEASE DO NOT BE SILENT ON THIS MATTER! LIVES ARE AT STAKE!

For background on James Lecky, the controversial federal official who authorized the killings, follow this link:  link to www.examiner.com

This brief video provides important insights into those who are running the killing operation at the Bonneville Dam:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lBsxsR3Ha0]

For more information, read this VERY THOROUGH background on the Sea Lions Under Seige at the Bonneville Dam prepared by the Humane Society of the United States:  link to www.humanesociety.org

Save Misty the Dolphin is a social media campaign committed to ending the slaughter of vulnerable marine mammals worldwide. Visit us on facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/Savemistythedolphin