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Gaff Hole

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Jeff
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Donkey Show
SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- Agency OKs the killing of sea lions at Bonneville Dam

Agency OKs the killing of sea lions at Bonneville Dam<!---- END STORY TITLE -------->

PORTLAND, Ore. – A federal agency has authorized the “intentional legal taking” of individually identified California sea lions that prey on migrating salmon and steelhead at the base of Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.
The lethal removal is limited to sea lions deemed to have a significant effect on the decline or recovery of federally protected salmon and steelhead stocks, and the offenders must have been seen eating salmonids between Jan. 1 and May 31 of any year, the National Marine Fisheries Service said in an order obtained by The Associated Press late Monday.
I raise a pint to you, Oregonians (I think that's the proper term). Blaze the road! Soon maybe we'll get the same law for La Jolla.
 

Puffin1

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Feb 5, 2007
69
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oregon
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jon
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23 EDWING
They tagged and weighed 1 last year. In 77 days his weight went from 7oo odd to1500 lbs.
 

Keta

Ignorant Sheep Farmer
Nov 13, 2005
3,100
4
68
Still in Oregon
Name
Lee
Boat
3' Too Short
All from a diet high in thretened and endangered salmon.
 

Davy

Cookie Monster
Mar 15, 2008
48
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Oregon
Name
Davy
Boat
Drifter and 19'6"' Stryker Sportjet
they oughtta hold a raffle or fundraiser letting hunters buy opps to shoot the fish killin furry fuckers. 5shots / for 5 bucks.
 

glockem

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Mar 18, 2008
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Netarts, OR/Viola, OR
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Joe
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Super Vee, Wareagle, Drifter and two Jons
I'm skeptical and will believe it when I see it. They should have kept their mouth shut and went on with it.
 

Chromaflage

Piscatorial Therapist
Oct 4, 2007
130
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Boring, OR
www.teamaquavelvet.com
Name
Kerry
Boat
26' Cobia Odyssey "Aqua Velvet"
It's plastered on the front page of Oregon daily bird cage liner, it's on every TV and radio news station every 5 freakin' minutes.

"Come PETA, come HSUS, come ELF, come Trey Arrow (oh, that's right - you're tide up at the moment)." The CR near Bonnie will be lined with Pinnipedophiles before the day is out.
 

EJ Har

Harrington / Harnell
Mar 4, 2008
131
0
Polk County, Oregon USA
Name
Erik "EJ"
Boat
In the barn AGAIN!!!
they oughtta hold a raffle or fundraiser letting hunters buy opps to shoot the fish killin furry fuckers. 5shots / for 5 bucks.

I'd pay a hell of alot more than that to get a crack at one of those big, fat, brown-eyed, barge riding, lock negotiating, fish consuming, beautiful bastards!!!
 

Keta

Ignorant Sheep Farmer
Nov 13, 2005
3,100
4
68
Still in Oregon
Name
Lee
Boat
3' Too Short
Calcium carbide in a gelatin capsule inserted in a herring works quite well and is quiet and low key.
 

Davy

Cookie Monster
Mar 15, 2008
48
0
Oregon
Name
Davy
Boat
Drifter and 19'6"' Stryker Sportjet
back in the day, the commercial trollers down off California used to anchor at night in the Lee behind the Farallon Islands.

The great evening entertainment back then was blowing the shit out of those furry bastards on the rocks.

I'm telling yuh , when an incomer from a .375 H&H hits the blubber it makes for an outstanding spectacle!

Too bad "they" didn't finish the job. Would of made a nice christmas video to send to PETA as well.
 

Dstarrat

chicagotuna
Mar 17, 2008
8
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Chicago (Oregon relocation)
Name
Dave Starratt
Boat
none currently
I guess I just don't understand the need to "protect" sealions??? Their numbers are far greater now then historically, as man has provided improved food chains. Why was there a push to protect them in the first place? I am operating on misinformation? sea otters and fur seals I understand, they were crushed by fur hunting and fortunately seem to have recovered but sealions were not endangered to my knowledge, and certainly aren't now. Whats next, protect possums, rats, nutria, etc?? In the case of the sea lions, they are a devestating force against species that are at risk...salmon and fisherfolk! They also represent a mess in harbor and dock areas and a risk to any humans that "invade" their space. It is about time that we took cost effective, effective steps to control these huge pests.
JMNSHO, Dave
 

freespooler

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Dec 10, 2006
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woodstock
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barney
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20ft Willie Predator no name
back in the day, the commercial trollers down off California used to anchor at night in the Lee behind the Farallon Islands.

The great evening entertainment back then was blowing the shit out of those furry bastards on the rocks.

I'm telling yuh , when an incomer from a .375 H&H hits the blubber it makes for an outstanding spectacle!

Too bad "they" didn't finish the job. Would of made a nice christmas video to send to PETA as well.
I worked as a puller on a friends salmon troller in the late 60's out of Coos Bay.
Kept a double barrel 12 gauge loaded with 0/0 in gaffin well.
Sealions would pop up behind the boat, get a face full of 0/0, and were never seen again.
 

Killertraylor

Newbie
Mar 17, 2008
3
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St. Helens, Or
Name
Joe Traylor
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25' NorthRiver Seahawk
Anyone know if they will announce how many have been terminated?
 

READYPRO1

Charli's Revenge
Jan 18, 2007
68
0
Van down by the river
Name
Steve
Boat
241 Proline " Charli's Revenge "
in lethal crosshairs

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Story Published: Mar 18, 2008 at 7:32 AM PDT
Story Updated: Mar 18, 2008 at 1:24 PM PDT

By JOSEPH B. FRAZIER Associated Press Writer


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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - State and federal officials say they have done all they can to stop protected California sea lions from munching on threatened salmon at the base of Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, using pyrotechnics, beanbag rounds fired from shotguns and traps.
But the sea lions, who arrive each spring at the base of the dam for the spring chinook working their way upriver to spawn, have pretty much given them the flipper.
So on Tuesday the government authorized Oregon and Washington to kill up to 85 of the worst offenders, listing about 60, identifiable by branding, scars or other markings, for "immediate removal."
Those that can be caught in traps must be held for 48 hours to see if an aquarium, zoo or similar facility will take them. Otherwise, they would be euthanized. Those that avoid trapping can be shot and killed at the dam.
The lethal action was authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service in a directive released Tuesday. The Associated Press obtained a copy Monday night.
Fidelia Andy, chairwoman of the Columbia Intertribal fish Commission, said the order "was the right decision at the right time" and asked for "the public's patience and support while management activities proceed."
But John Balzar, spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States, said the idea that sea lions must be killed to save salmon was "entirely bogus."
He said fishermen catch three times as many salmon as the sea lions eat, and Oregon and Washington have proposed higher fishing quotas. He said federal estimates are that hydroelectric dams in the Columbia system kill nearly 60 percent of juvenile salmon headed downriver..
The plan to shoot sea lions, he said, coincides with estimates that this year's spring chinook run will be one of the biggest in decades.
Sea lions are protected under the 1972 Marine Mammals Protection Act. An amendment permits the killing of sea lions if Columbia River states get federal permission. Oregon and Washington asked for the permission in 2006, and Idaho offered its support.
Such permission has been granted only once before - in the 1990s for sea lions in the Ballard Locks in Puget Sound in Washington, where five animals were identified as offenders who drastically diminished a steelhead run that has yet to recover.
Three were taken in by an aquatic park before they were killed. The fate of the two others has not been made public.
The list of sea lions specifically authorized for immediate removal includes one branded C404, who became something of a celebrity because of his ability to work his way into the fish ladders of the dam, and even into the window where upriver-bound salmon are counted to determine the size of later runs. Many sea lions have been coming to the dams for years.
The letter announcing the decision was sent to Roy Elicker, director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The ruling followed three meetings of a task force comprised of commercial and sport fishermen, treaty tribes and animal rights interests.
By some estimates, the sea lions at the base of the dam take up to 4 percent of the spring chinook run headed upriver to spawn. Others use higher numbers.
Opponents of the kill authorization have said sea lions are a highly visible and politically convenient target when the real problem lies elsewhere, such as hydroelectric dams. The Humane Society and other groups also cite other hurdles facing fish, such as the deterioration of spawning grounds, bird predation of salmon smolts headed to the ocean, and agricultural runoff and other pollution.
Sharon Young, marine issues field director for the Humane Society of the United States, said Tuesday the group is studying the documents to decide whether to challenge the order in court.
The order said the states must notify the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the projects manager at Bonneville Dam, the first dam the fish encounter on the trip upriver, as to when they will begin "lethal removal operations."
The authorization is valid until June 30, 2012, and can be extended for five years. It can be revoked by the National Marine Fisheries Service on 72 hours notice.
It says the states must appoint a committee of biologists and veterinarians to determine how to capture, hold and, if necessary, euthanize sea lions.
The order says the sea lions observed eating salmon or steelhead below the dam between Jan. 1 and May 31 of any year, and any seen below the dam on the observation area that have not been run off by nonlethal attempts, can be shot and killed by qualified marksmen armed with high-power guns.
Sea lion populations have soared since they and other marine mammals were covered under the 1972 act. They numbered about 1,000 in the 1930s, when they were hunted and used, among other purposes, for dog food. They are thought to number about 240,000 today.
But they remain protected except under the amendment that allows removal at the request of states.
Steller sea lions, which are larger and tend to feed on sturgeon instead of salmon, are endangered and are not subject to lethal removal under the decision.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is to reconvene the task force after three years to evaluate the effectiveness of the lethal takings.
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taccj

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josh
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I am torn...I would like the thinning to be loud bloody and public, but I don't think that would go over very well. So quiet and efficient it has to be. Quiet like in suppressed.:2gunsfiring_v1: