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FISHING — The Humane Society of the United States says it has reached an agreement with the states of Oregon and Washington and a federal agency to temporarily halt plans to kill California sea lions at Bonneville Dam this year, the Associated Press reports.
The agreement with the states and NOAA Fisheries Service suspends plans to kill as many as 85 sea lions at the dam, where they feed on federally protected salmon and steelhead migrating up the Columbia River.
Earlier this month, the fisheries service had authorized the states to resume killing some sea lions after a federal appeals court struck down the previous authorization last year.
HSUS argues that overfishing, hatchery practices and dam operations are a much bigger threat to fish.
But angling groups point out that the dam creates an unnatural ambush situation that must be dealt with.
SALMON PREDATORS — The Humane Society of the United States has gone back to federal court to block the killing of California sea lions that eat endangered or threatened salmon at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River east of Portland, the Associated Press reports.
The Humane Society said it filed a lawsuit Friday in Washington, D.C., seeking to stop the National Marine Fisheries Service from authorizing the killing of as many as 255 sea lions over the next three years.
The agency last week said it had complied with a previous federal court ruling and authorized Oregon and Washington to resume trapping sea lions for removal.
The Humane Society has argued the sea lions do not seriously damage fish runs and killing them does nothing to improve them.
Fisheries officials disagree.