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Sea lions threatening winter steelhead will be killed

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials have already killed three sea lions.

Posted: Jan 10, 2019 6:59 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon wildlife officials have started killing sea lions that threaten a fragile run of winter steelhead in the Willamette River.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the state Department of Fish and Wildlife obtained a federal permit in November to kill up to 93 California sea lions per year below Willamette Falls south of Portland.

Department program manager Bryan Wright said the state plans to kill about 40 sea lions that frequent the falls by May.

He said that the number of sea lions that return to the river should drop to single digits following the killings.

Officials have so far killed three of the animals.

Wildlife officials relocated about a dozen sea lions to the coast last year, but the animals ended up swimming back to Willamette Falls.

According to the Willamette Falls legacy project, Willamette Falls is the second most powerful waterfall in North America.

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