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Sea Lions Photo Gallery: A West Coast Eco-War
A fleet of doe-eyed whip smart sea lions is laying siege to the Pacific Northwest, wreaking havoc on surf breaks, fishing lines, and endangering salmon runs. Photograph by Ami Vitale

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Sea lions devour the first of the spring salmon that have come to
spawn downriver from Willamette Falls in Oregon City. To reduce the decline in the salmon population in the Northwest, a congressional representative has proposed a measure to kill sea lions that feed on the endangered fish.

But since sea lions are responsible for only about three percent of salmon deaths, according to the United States Army Corp of Engineers, environmental groups say the bill misses the point. They say the true solution is to eliminate the four dams in the lower Snake River, which flows through several western states, including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The dams trap and kill thousands of salmon annually.
Photographer Ami Vitale

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