December 14, 2018

Chicago aquarium offers to take salmon-eating sea lion

As the tally of sea lion deaths at the Bonneville Dam in Washington state grows to four, happier news comes from Chicago, where the Shedd Aquarium has pledged to take the next sea lion caught eating salmon.

“It’s what we all would prefer see happen,” said Craig Bartlett, a Washington state wildlife official. “We’d rather see them find new homes.”¬†

Over the past several weeks, Oregon and Washington state officials have captured and euthanized California sea lions seen eating salmon at the Columbia River dam.

The two states, along with Idaho, have been granted exemption from the federal Marine Mammal