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Hazing sea lions not a long-term fix

Shotgun at the ready, Reggie Sargeant stands in the bow of a Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission patrol boat as the crew looks for sea lions below Bonneville Dam and fish ladders.

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Shotgun at the ready, Reggie Sargeant stands in the bow of a Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission patrol boat as the crew looks for sea lions below Bonneville Dam and fish ladders.



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Boat captain Bobby Begay readies special, non-lethal ammunition used to “herd” sea lions downstream. Driving the large predators away from areas where salmon are concentrated — and easy to catch — is not a long-term solution to the growing problem of salmon predation, say tribal officials.

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Teddy Walsey Jr. loads a shotgun with special ammunition used to harass the sea lions into leaving. Every shot is counted, and only five are allowed for driving an individual animal off.

A peculiar war is being waged on the Columbia River as tribes seek to keep sea lions from decimating salmon runs, and the sea mammals refuse to give up the all-you-can-eat buffet...

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