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Reggie Sargeant watches for sea lions from the bow of a Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission patrol boat working below Bonneville Dam. The sea lions can be hard to spot, with only their heads showing as they surface to breathe. Nevertheless, Sargeant is quick to spot the mammals if they are there.

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Hazing sea lions not a long-term fix

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. Three days a week, Bobby Begay and his two-man crew — Reggie Sergeant and Ted Walsey Jr. — from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission board a boat at the North Bonneville dock to mount an offensive against predatory sea lions.

May 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

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