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Columbia River treaty tribes back bill to lethally remove sea lions
Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tribes with treaty rights on the Columbia River support a bill that will allow them to lethally remove California sea lions in order to protect endangered salmon runs.
, the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act, authorizes the
Warm Springs Tribes
Nez Perce Tribe
to obtain federal permits to remove a limited number of sea lions. The states of Washington and Oregon already have the ability to secure the permits.
"Tribal members remember a time where balance existed in a healthy and functioning environment," said Bruce Jim, the chairman of the
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
. "The predation of salmon by sea lions is an impact that can't be ignored."
Rep. Doc Hastings
(R-Washington), the chairman of the
House Natural Resources Committee
, introduced the bill on Tuesday.
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Hastings makes another run after gluttonous sea lions
(The Seattle Times 3/9)
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